The Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II Thursday admonished Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose, to eschew conflicts and embrace peace for the over all interest of the state and the country at large.
Oba Ewuare gave the admonition on Thursday, when he played host to the Governor in his place in Benin, Edo state capital, noting that no meaningful development can take place in a rancorous atmosphere.
The Monarch, who stressed that all hands must be on deck in the ongoing battle against the economic woes currently bedeviling the country, gave assurances of royal advise and support to the Governor.
“The indefatigable Governor of Ekiti, I welcome you heartily and warmly to the palace. I want to commend those who escorted you here and made the visit possible. You spoke and confirm my observations that you are a leader.
“We thank God for having you here today and coming to deliver the lecture at Benson Idahosa University (BIU), Benin. We have been following some of your political wars. We are in support of resolving conflicts peacefully, and we always pray for peace and we strive for it in Benin here
“I want to reassure you that this palace is your home an you can come officially and privately. We can then have confidential discussions and exchange ideas,” Oba Ewuare II assured Fayose.
He also informed his visitor that he has scheduled a nation-wide post coronation tour, with a view to strengthening the relationship with, and ensure peace among the various ethnic and different cultural groups in the country.
“I am about to embark on post coronation nationwide tour and we will visit The Presidency first and Ekiti will be one of our points of call.
“I salute your commitment to democracy and good governance out there and we say keep on doing the good work in spite of the adversities being faced,” the Monarch said.
Earlier in his speech, Governor Fayose, told Oba Ewuare II that he was at the palace to seek royal advice and blessings ahead of the 10th Convocation Lecture of Benson Idahosa University, holding on Friday (today).
“I came in the name of the people of my state and I felt it would only make sense if I pay courtesy visit to you Sir, before going to BIU for the lecture.
“You are a man of this generation and your support and advice would be invaluable Ekiti is a stone’s throw away to Benin. The Ewi of Ado-Ekiti has close affinity with this palace. We would expect you in our State.
“Traditional rulers are the custodians of our culture and whether we ascribe any role to them on paper or not, they are the closest to the people an have ears to the ground. Those things we politicians in our hurry do not take not off, monarchs have the time and all that is necessary to get them,” he noted.
Fayose who was overwhelmed by the plethora achievements of the Monarch within few months on the throne, said the Monarch has restored sanity to the Kingdom in particular and the State at large, adding that the Benin rich culture was a force to recon with in the world.
“You are Royal and it fits you and some people occupy royal thrones, but the seats don’t fit them. I watched in close quarters your activities and I am impressed,” he said.