Edo State Government Moves To Stop Coronation of Sultan of Shuwa Arab In Benin Kingdom

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The Edo State Government has issued a statement on the planned coronation of a Sultan in the state by some Northern Muslim group saying that such an event is sacrilegious and goes against the state’s Traditional Rulers And Chiefs Law.

The statements were made in an official letter seen by 9News Nigeria South-South correspondent that was supposedly issued from the Edo State Government and signed by the Secretary to the Edo State Government, Osarodion Ogie, Esq.

9News Nigeria had reported earlier on “Northern Islamic leaders plan coronation of a Sultan of Edo State”

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The letter stated three count reasons why such an event should not be allowed in the state which included the fact that it could resonate to a breakdown in the peace and security of the state as a result of possible provocation by aggrieved citizens.

It said that 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.”

It also said that the planned coronation ceremony is a potential threat to the peace and security of the 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.”

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“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 of same 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.”

EDO STATE GOVERNMENT STATEMENT ON THE PLANNED CORONATION OF A "SULTAN" IN EDO STATE.

FULL-TEXT OF THE STATEMENT BELOW (AS EXTRACTED BY 9NEWS NIGERIA SOUTH-SOUTH CORRESPONDENT)

19th August 2021

EDO STATE GOVERNMENT STATEMENT ON THE PLANNED CORONATION OF A “SULTAN” IN EDO STATE.

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:

  1. That whether or not this event is held at the proposed, or any other location within the state, it would constitute a direct assault on the traditions, customs 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.
  2. That it is a potential threat to the peace and security of the 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.
  3. 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.
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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 of same 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.

Signed:
Osarodion Ogie, Esq

Secretary to the Edo State Government

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