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Oba of Benin emphasises unity and diversity in Nigeria during Lagos visit

His Royal Majesty, Omonoba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo Ewuare II, the Oba of Benin, stressed Nigeria’s diversity and unity during his visit to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu at the Lagos House, Marina.

The Oba highlighted how Nigeria’s diversity and unity define the nation’s stature as a giant in Africa. He emphasised the importance of unity, urging Nigerians to reconcile differences among diverse groups for the country’s greater good.

“Nigeria’s diversity is its strength. We’re a big nation, united despite our differences. Let’s embrace unity and resolve our differences to live as one big family,” he emphasised.

Additionally, the Oba congratulated President Bola Tinubu, expressing conviction in divine will for Tinubu’s future presidency. He also commended Governor Sanwo-Olu on his re-election, urging him to fulfil his promises to the populace.


Governor Sanwo-Olu, expressing gratitude for the rare visit, praised the Oba’s continuous dedication to his ancestral role, ensuring the prominence of the Benin Kingdom globally.

He echoed the Oba’s sentiments about President Tinubu, assuring that Tinubu’s leadership would prioritise democracy’s dividends, poverty reduction, and socioeconomic development.

Sanwo-Olu highlighted Lagos’s pivotal role in Nigeria’s landscape, promising to sustain the city’s status as a home for many citizens. The governor also showcased the John Randle Centre for Yoruba Culture and History, emphasising the preservation of heritage for present and future generations.

The Oba lauded Governor Sanwo-Olu’s efforts in preserving culture and tradition through the centre.


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