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Oba Of Benin Calls For Adequate Manning Of Nation’s Borders

Lucky Obukohwo, Reporting 

 

The Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, has called for adequate security in our nation’s borders just as he calls for a reenactment of African brotherhood in resolving age-long conflicts in Africa, especially bitter conflicts by the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS).

He made the call when the Edo State Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Mr. Agun Gbenga Joseph, visited in his Palace in Benin City.

Ewuare II said that the bloodline ties amongst some past Nigerian leaders and other prominent Nigerians and her neighbours – Chad, Cameron, Niger – seems to have compounded the ECOWAS crises resolution machinery for the Chairman of ECOWAS, President Bola Tinubu of Nigeria.

The monarch said that countries such as Chad, Cameron, and Niger in the sub-region, where some past Nigerian leaders and other prominent Nigerians derived their ancestries, mirror the reality at the moment.

“Our border is so porous. That is why when there was a Coup d’état in Niger, I was personally worried about how we are going to deal with it.

“Niger and Nigeria are almost the same. Some people live in Nigeria and work in Niger. Others live in Niger and work in Nigeria. The border is so close. I am sure Nigeriens are leaders in some of our own establishments in Nigeria.

“So, I thought it was going to be very difficult for President Tinubu as ECOWAS Chairman to deal with the problem. But, recently, we heard that the sanctions have been lifted. We should find ways to resolve our differences and work together”, the Oba admonished.

Addressing the Benin throne, the NSCDC Commandant, Mr Agun Gbenga Joseph, solicited for prayers and listed steps the Command has taken in curbing crime in the State.

Truth Live News Media reports that the Benin monarch, was Nigeria’s former Ambassador to Italy and other countries before he ascended the throne of his forebears.

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