By Isaac Olamikan, Senior Correspondent, Benin
His Royal Majesty, Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Ewuare II, Oba of Benin, has admonished the former executive governor of Edo State, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, to use his knowledge and wealth of experience to douse the lingering crisis in the Edo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, urging all concerned to play it cool.
Chief Odigie-Oyegun was in the palace to inform the Oba of his 80th birthday anniversary which comes up on August 12, 2019 and solicited for prayers for a successful celebration.
The Oba congratulated Chief Odigie-Oyegun on the attainment of 80 years and wished him many more years of fruitful celebration.
The monarch also called on the publisher of Across African International Magazine, Gbenga Alaka, to keep promoting the rich Benin culture and tradition with his magazine.
He stated this when the publisher paid him a courtesy visit. He re-iterated that culture remain a veritable instrument for promoting national unity, saying that the Across Africa International Magazine is of high standard.
While urging the publisher to keep up the good work, the Omo N’Oba assured him of palace support at all time.
Earlier, Gbenga Alaka, said the purpose of the magazine among others is to promote arts, culture and tourism, pointing out that Benin culture is unique and have stand the test of time, hence the need to continue to promote it to the international community.
He commended Oba Ewuare II for re-enacting the rich culture of Benin Kingdom through the celebration of Ugie Ododua and Ugie Ivie.