Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, along with members of the State Executive Council have joined the Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II in a special thanksgiving service to mark the successful completion of Ugie Ododua and Ugie Ivie ceremonies.
The event celebrated on Sunday by Omo N’Oba N’Edo Ukuakpolokpolo at the Holy Aruosa Cathedral, Akpakpava Road, in Benin City had in attendance the governor, state Exco members, Palace Chiefs, Enigie, Edionwere, market women and youths, Leadership reports
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.
“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.” He said.
In a sermon, the Ohen-Osa of Holy Aruosa Cathedral, Harrison Okao, cautioned youths against engaging in kidnapping, rituals and social vices, calling politicians to support the Oba of Benin in attracting development to the State.