Godwin Obaseki, the Edo State Governor on Sunday, led participants of the state Executive Council to the special thanksgiving service to mark the effective completion of Ugie Ododua and Ugie Ivie events celebrated by the Omo N’Oba N’Edo Ukuakpolokpolo, Oba Ewuare II, the Oba of Benin.
Obaseki and also his Exco members joined prominent Palace Chiefs, Enigie, Edionwere, market women, youths and participants of the public at the thanksgiving service at the Holy Aruosa Cathedral, along Akpakpava Roadway, in Benin City.
Members of the State Exec Council present at the service consist of Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogie, Esq.; Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr. Crusoe Osagie, Commissioner for Arts, Culture and Diaspora Affairs, Hon. Osazee Osemwegie-Ero, to name a few.
Addressing reporters, Obaseki said, “Today is a day of thanksgiving and we have every reason to thank God for giving us the Oba of Benin. We just finished the celebration of a special event and we are here to thank God for the life of our Oba, his reign and the peace we have enjoyed so far.”
Mr Obaseki appreciated Oba Ewuare II for helping the Edo people in rearranging and rejuvenating the abundant Edo culture to attract worldwide appeal, noting, “Benin has a lot to sell to the world in terms of its rich cultural heritage. Holy Aruosa is one of the oldest churches in Africa and has strong historical significance. We have culture and traditions that span several centuries and we thank God for our monarch who is helping in resuscitating our culture for global consumption.”
The Ohen-Osa of Holy Aruosa Cathedral, Harrison Okao, in a sermon delivered in Edo language, warned youths against taking part in kidnapping, rituals and also various other social vices.
The Ohen-Osa likewise enjoined politicians to support the Oba of Benin in attracting advancement to Edo State. The peak of the service was paying of tribute to the Oba by his chiefs, royal princes, princesses, Enigie as well as various other groups as well as cultural display by a group of kids.