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Oba of Benin: It is worrisome that history is not taught in our schools


Oba of Benin, Omo N’ Oba N’ Edo Uku Akpolokpolo Oba Ewuare II, has appealed to South African Government to take measures to end hostility toward Nigerians in that country.

The Oba of Benin made the call at a reception and Cultural display held in his honour by Edo indigenes residing in Abuja on Saturday.

He said that Nigeria contributed a lot for South Africa to be freed from Apartheid, as well as helped Angola.

“We are sad that Nigerians are constantly being bombarded with hostility and aggression.We appeal to South African Government to do its best to stamp out hostility toward Nigerians as the country played a great role in the fight against apartheid, so that Nigerians can live in peace in their country.

“This will enable Nigerians to reap what they sowed in other African countries.”

The value system

The Oba, who also emphasised the need to uphold the Edo culture and value system said “I want you to please uphold your culture very high, hold our value system seriously and do not let anybody destroy it because that is the identity we have.

“Anywhere you go, their culture is very important to them, so let us not import other people’s culture from foreign land to supersede our own. That is why I try to encourage the use of indigenous language in the home.

“That is why I also want to encourage the re-introduction of Edo language in schools and it is worrisome that history is not taught in our schools.’’

He urged Edo indigenes in Abuja to do their best to uphold the unity of the country.