Following the public outrage that followed the use of the word, ‘iconoclastic’ in his earlier condolence message, Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole on Monday paid a condolence visit to the Edaiken of Uselu and the crowned Prince of Benin Kingdom, Eheneden Erediauwa at his palace in Uselu during which he urged him to sustain the legacies of his father.
Although the governor’s press secretary, Peter Okhiria had apologised claiming that ‘iconoclastic’ was inadvertently used instead of ‘iconic’, the uproar refused to die compelling Oshiomhole to visit the Edaiken to personally convey his condolence.
Expressing his grief over the passage to the great beyond of Oba Erediauwa, Governor Oshiomhole said, “Though a statement had already been issued by my office on the life and times of the Oba, we are consoled that the vacuum created will be filled by a true royal crowned prince.
“The crowned prince has sufficiently gone through the rigours of life and royalty.
“We believe that the late Oba has prepared him as he has what it takes to step into his shoes and face the challenges that may arise.
“The late Oba was not only a unifying factor to the people of the state, but to the nation in general. I therefore, appeal that the legacies and national respect he commands be sustained,’’ he said.
On his part, Prince Eheneden Erediauwa thanked the Governor for the visit.
He further stated that he was seriously pained because of the love and closeness he had with his late father which appeared to be the first in the history of the Kingdom.
The crowned prince appreciated the governor’s assistance and contributions to the palace as well as the development achieved so far in the state.
He also commended the governor for providing the enabling environment for investors to invest in the state, and expressed the hope that more investors would come to the state.
The crowned prince further commended the media for their commitment, dedication and objective reporting of events in the palace.
He assured the people and the governor that he would do his best to justify the confidence reposed in him to lift the Kingdom to an enviable height.
Edo State Government had on April 29 issued a statement announcing the death of the Oba of Benin.