Oba of Benin urges Nigerians to pray for Buhari


The Oba of Benin, Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku-Akpolokpolo Oba Ewuare II has urged Nigerians to pray for the good health and safe return of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Addressing a gathering on Tuesday in Umegbe community in Oredo Local Government Area of Edo, the Benin monarch also directed traditional rulers to pray for the President.

In attendance at the meeting were —  Igie – Ohen, (priests and priestesses), Oba N’ Amen, Enigies Odionwere -Evbo and all other traditional rulers in the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Buhari, who travelled on Feb. 6 to the United Kingdom on vacation, was also scheduled to see his physician during the 10 day trip.

However, since the President’s trip, the country has been regaled with reports, particularly on the social media that he is very ill, which his media aides and other government officials have denied.

Oba Ewuare II said the President had good intentions to change the current economic woes of the country for the benefit of all.

He said that Buhari needed the prayers of all traditional institutions to govern the country in good health.

The monarch also said that celebrations in Benin would henceforth, be expanded to accommodate other cultures and traditions of people of the entire state.

He advised youths in the state to desist from land speculations and other social vices, adding that they should channel their youthful efforts to agriculture.


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Godwin Okafor is a Financial Journalist, Internet Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Naija247news Media Limited. He has over 16 years experience in financial journalism. His experience cuts across traditional and digital media. He started his journalism career at Business Day, Nigeria and founded Naija247news Media in 2010. Godwin holds a Bachelors degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos. He is an alumni of Lagos Business School and a Fellow of the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton Seminar for Business Journalists). Over the years, he has won a number of journalism awards. Godwin is the chairman of Emmerich Resources Limited, the publisher of Naija247news.

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