The Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II has come out to blast governor Godwin Obaseki and his Deputy Phillip Shaibu.
He revealed after he played to both politicians at his palace on Wednesday, September 2, 2020.
According to him, he is not happy with the current political tension in Edo and it is sad that both parties didn’t let him resolve the issue before it escalated.
He added that it is best for Obaseki and Shaibu to look beyond their different offices amid the disagreement because they will not occupy such positions forever.
His words, “I’m not happy about this. When you did not let me resolve the issue between you and your friend, Comrade, before it got to this point. If we had done it that time, we will not be sitting here now. Everything would have been smoother than this,”
“It will be good to look beyond your office because you’re not going to be there all the time. You see the elder statesman there, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun? He was once a governor too.
“He’s not there now. So, everybody knows that it is transient. Look at how one day when you are no longer the governor everyone can sit and still give you respect. More respect even.”
Obaseki responded, “HRM sought for assurances from all political gladiators and a halt to the rising shooting and violence in the state and ensued for peace between one and all.
“On my part, I assured the royal father that as the executive governor and chief security officer of the state, I have sworn to uphold the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and protect the lives and property of our people.
“Having committed enough resources to ensure safety of the citizens of our state, I will never encourage violence, as it would be irresponsible of me to do anything which would lead to the breakdown of law and order.”