Ahead of Prince Charles’ visit to Nigeria, the Oba of Benin, Omo N’Oba Ewuare 11, has arrived in Abuja. Oba Ewuare, who is visiting the Federal Capital Territory for the second time since he ascended the throne, was received at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport by sons and daughters from Edo State.
The Prince of Wales and his wife, Princess Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall are expected in Nigeria from Nov. 6 to Nov. 8 in a high profile visit during which the royals would also have audience with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa.
According to reports, the Benin monarch was in Abuja on the invitation of the British High Commission.
The lawmaker expressed the belief that during discussions, the Oba will talk about the issue of stolen Benin Artefacts.
“The Omo N’oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Ewuare 11, is here on a visit as he has been invited by the British High Commission because Prince Charles is coming to Nigeria.
“They found our Oba worthy and Prince Charles requested that he should be invited. That he would like to have a private discussion with our monarch.
“Don’t forget that our monarch is one of the oldest monarchs in Africa and Oba Ewuare 11 is doing everything possible to bring dividends of democracy to empower the youth, the women and the men.
“So that Nigeria can be safe, is not only about security but also about our tradition and our culture among others.
“I know personally that our Oba will also discuss the issue of those artefacts that were stolen long ago. We deserve to have them back.
“I believe the Oba will do the needful by projecting the Edo Kingdom and Nigeria in general,” he said.
Meanwhile, the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr Paul Arkwright, announced in Abuja on Sunday that Prince Charles would engage in peace-building activities, including addressing the persistent attacks of herdsmen on farming communities in Nigeria.
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