The Edo State Government traditional ruler and youth organization have sounded a note of warning to the Fulani community in Edo State over the planned coronation of one Idriss Addano as the ‘Sultan of Shuwa Arab of Edo State’.
The Edo state government condemned, in strong terms, the planned coronation, describing the purported move as sacrilegious and a threat to peace and security in the state.
In a statement, Secretary to the Edo State Government, Osarodion Ogie, assured the citizens that a firm and decisive action would be taken to prevent the actualization of the illegal and sacrilegious act.
The statement read: “The Edo State Government has been inundated with complaints from indigenes and residents of the state over the purported move to embark on the coronation of one Idriss Addano as ‘Sultan of Shuwa Arab of Edo State’.
“The Edo State Government wishes to state as follows: That whether or not this event is held at the said, or any other location within the state, it would constitute a direct assault on the traditions, custom and culture of the people of Edo State, by individuals, who clearly have sinister motives and are trying to abuse the well-known Edo hospitality by their act of sacrilege.
“That it is a potential threat to the peace and security of Edo State, with the capacity to cause a breakdown of law and order as citizens of the state are likely to be provoked by the obnoxious ceremony.
“Under the Edo State Traditional Rulers and Chiefs Law, it is an offence for anyone to proclaim himself, or allow himself to be proclaimed as the holder of any traditional title not recognized under the said law and/or without the approval of the appropriate authorities.
“The state government hereby wishes to assure all concerned that firm and decisive action will be taken to prevent the actualization of this illegal and sacrilegious act and that all persons found to have been involved in the conception and/or execution would face the full wrath of the law.
“The Edo State Government, therefore, calls on all citizens to be calm, law-abiding and rest assured that government is firmly on top of the situation,” he said.
Traditional ruler of Eyaen, Prince Osazuwa Aiwerioghene Iduriase, denied knowledge and involvement in the plan, which ceremony was scheduled for August 21, 2021 at his Rialto Hotel.
Iduriase maintained that he was not a part of the plan to install a sultan in Edo State and Benin Kingdom in particular, noting that he was aware that there could never be another monarch in Benin Kingdom apart from Oba Ewuare II. He added that the Benin Kingdom recognized only the Sultan of Sokoto.
Besides, President of Benin Solidarity Movement (BSM), Curtis Eghosa Ugbo, said Benin indigenes would resist what he described as ‘an evil act’ by persons who are bent on fomenting trouble.
“This will never happen in the Benin Kingdom, we are Benin. We want the security agencies to trail the individuals. We express displeasure at the plan, because in Benin Kingdom, we only recognize our Oba,” he said.
Also, Coordinator of Great Benin Descendants (GBD), Imasuen Izoduwa, said the organization would meet and lock up the proposed venue of the coronation for allowing what he described as “such nonsense in Edo land.
On his part, Amos Ehinomen Uagbor said: “Is this obtainable elsewhere?
We should now have Oba and Sultan in Edo State? In fact, the venue should be sealed.”
When contacted on the telephone, a man, who identified himself as Hassan Yakubu Jidda, confirmed the planned ceremony adding: “We have already done the coronation with Seriki Hausa and we are planning the party to celebrate the coronation. The Oba of Benin and the state government are aware.”