All is now set for coronation of the 39th Oba of Benin, Crown Prince Eheneden Erediauwa. The ancient kingdom is presently agog with various activities heralding the colourful occasion.
President Muhammadu Buhari will lead other guests including Bukola Saraki, Yakubu Dogara, Sultan of Sokoto, Emir of Kano,, Ooni of Ife, Obi of Onitsha to the epoch event.
State Governors, Members of Diplomatic Corps, forum of Niger Delta Traditional Rulers, Edo Indigenes in Diaspora, members of the Political class and other teeming individuals are also expected.
Security have also been beefed up around the state. Over 5,000 Policemen have been deployed and positioned in strategic areas around the state ahead Thursday’s coronation. Major roads are also wearing new looks. The King’s square particularly is heavily guarded..
The Oba designate had picked a new name which will be officially made public during the event. He is well travelled and educated and there are fears that he may shelve some of the ascension rituals. However, he fulfilled all the rituals as they were done by his fore fathers.
While the Crown Prince moved from one place to the other, unique culture of the Benin Kingdom was on display. About 10,000 persons, including Benin chiefs, cultural groups, foreigners, youths, residents of the kingdom followed him with excitement.