End Hostility Toward Nigerians, Oba Of Benin Tells South Africa
The Oba of Benin, Omo N' Oba N' Edo Uku Akpolokpolo Oba Ewuare II, knows Nigeria contributed a lot for South Africa to be free from Apartheid and he wants South Africa to reciprocate that love.
He wants the South African government to take measures to end hostility toward Nigerians in that country.
There have been xenophobic attacks in South Africa, with Nigerians targeted in many of them.
The Oba of Benin made the call on Saturday at a reception and Cultural display held in his honour by Edo indigenes residing in Abuja.
The Oba, who is the traditional head of the Benin Kingdom, a people known for their large settlements in several international communties o, is sad that Nigerians are constantly being bombarded with hostility and aggression in South Africa.
"We appeal to South African Government to do its best to stamp out hostility toward Nigerians as the country played a great role in the fight against apartheid, so that Nigerians can live in peace in their country.
"This will enable Nigerians to reap what they sowed in other African countries," he stressed.
The Oba also admonished those at the ceremony to uphold the Edo culture and value system.
"I want you to please uphold your culture very high, hold our value system seriously and do not let anybody destroy it because that is the identity we have.
"Anywhere you go, their culture is very important to them, so let us not import other people’s culture from foreign land to supersede our own.
"That is why I try to encourage the use of indigenous language in the home.
"That is why I also want to encourage the re-introduction of Edo language in schools and it is worrisome that history is not taught in our schools," he stated.
It is a period of calls for restructuring of Nigeria and heightened secession demand, but the Oba wants Edo indigenes to do their best to uphold the unity of Nigeria.
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"I want to plead with all indigenes of Edo in Abuja to do their best to keep operate within the law, abide by the rules and regulation of the country and try not to find a way to use shortcut to breach established regulations in whatever you are doing.
"We will be praying that you succeed in whatever legitimate activities you lay your hands on," he added.
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