Edo @30: Prince Akenzua wants founding fathers honoured


Prince Edun Akenzua, the Enogie of Obazuwa-Iko and pioneer Editor-in-Chief, Nigeria Observer Newspapers on Wednesday urged the state government to honour the people who fought for the creation of the Edo State 30 years ago.

The Octogenarian said the then Oba of Benin, the Esama of Benin Kingdom, Gabriel Igbinedion and the then Senate President, Dr Joseph Wayas among many others were instrumental to
a successful creation of the state.

He made the call in his palace in Benin while briefing newsmen on the formation of the state 30 years ago.

Prince Akenzua said about 35 years ago, Oba Erediauwa inaugurated the Edo State movement following the agitations for creation of states by ethnic nationalities in Nigeria and that in Bendel State, Aniocha, Anioma and Delta, each demanded for their respective states.

Akenzua said the demand for various states didn’t bother Oba Erediauwa but their desires of those clamouring for new states to annex parts of Edo State.

Akenzua said with the view of finding a lasting solution and preventing other states from annexing the state, Erediauwa invited 11 traditional rulers and 35 prominent Edo sons and constituted them into steering committee with the Oba acting as the chairman while Odion Ugbesia acted as secretary.

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Akenzua said it is imperative for people to know those who fought tirelessly to achieving the present Edo State as the state celebrates its 30 years anniversary.

He narrated the role played by Gabriel Igbinedion, saying he singlehandedly paid the sum of N50,000 for the launch of the Edo State Movement which later led to the creation of Edo State.

He said,”It is necessary to tell this story in full because most Edo people and Nigerians do not know the genesis of the formation of Edo State.

“Those in authority now, may wish to honour the founding fathers of the state whose 30th anniversary is coming up on August 27, 2021.

“If that is to be so, it is hoped that Dr. Joseph Wayas who was the Senate President at that time and who played a significant role in the creation of the state will also be recognised as a founding father of the state.”

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