Monarch lauds ex-Edo Speaker on peace initiative

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By Gabriel Enogholase

BENIN—THE Aidonogie of South-Ibie Kingdom in Etsako-West Local Government Area of Edo State, Alhaji Kelvin Danesi,  has attributed the relative peace now existing in the kingdom to the former Speaker, Edo State House of Assembly, Mr. Zakawanu Garuba, who he said used legislative tool to rectify the lacuna in the chieftaincy law of the kingdom.

He stated this yesterday, when he conferred a chieftaincy title of Ogieanavhe of South-Ibie  on the former speaker, who also serves as board member of Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, as part of activities to mark the South-Ibie day.

He recalled that several years after his enthronement as the Clan Head of the community, he found it difficult to preside over the kingdom due to frequent crisis which result in killings and destruction of property among kinsmen.

He attributed the crisis to the disagreement between the two ruling houses in the kingdom, which were laying claim to the throne.

He said, “To solve the logjam, Mr. Garuba, as a member of Edo State House of Assembly mobilized his colleagues to remove the lacuna by amending the South-Ibie Chieftaincy Law which the then Governor of Edo State, Chief Lucky Igbenedion signed into law.”

That was the relief and harbinger of peace in the South-Ibie Kingdom.”

The royal father commended law makers for making laws to protect the people rather than individuals.

The South-Ibie day which is an annual event by the community aimed at showcasing their culture was attended by personalities across Edo State.



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