TVC E. Chief David Edebiri is the Esogban of Benin Kingdom and popularly known as the Oracle of the Kingdom. In this interview, he speaks on the suspension of one of the top chiefs in the kingdom, in fact the chief priest of the Oba, Chief Nosakhare Isekhurhe. He also speaks on the reforms Oba Ewuare II and Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State are executing. He declares that the gods brought the Oba and Obaseki at this point in time to take Edo and the kingdom to the next level.
He also reacts to some national issues including the recent visit of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to the South-South. Excerpts:
People were shocked by the suspension of Chief Isekhurhe by Oba Ewuare II. We have noticed some other radical reforms in the palace. What is your take on the development?
The new Oba of Benin has done a few things which are in tandem with the aspiration of the people. You talked about the suspension of a chief, I guess it is part of the reforms going on now. If you commit an offence, you face the consequence as tradition demands and the Oba does not make mistakes.
Let me also tell you that Oba Ewuare has done a lot of things such as the banning of CDAs. The CDA was becoming a hydra headed monster about to devour the entire populace. He came and stopped it and since then there is peace in all the communities. Though some of these communities are trying to play a fast one, you can be sure that Oba Ewuare II, being a renowned diplomat, he knows what to do.
Some people are trying to call the CDA a different name or name it in Benin language in order to perpetuate the same thing. We have a very learned Oba and some of the Chiefs around him too are not just the type of chiefs you push over, I think he has done well; his actions point to the fact that Benin people and Edo will be up for a very prosperous reign of the Oba.
One thing people may not have known about the present Oba is that he is a die-hard traditionalist. He keeps the tradition of his people close to his heart and he has always displayed that during the ceremonies we have gone through.
Where other people would have wanted to have it done half way, he did it thoroughly and would want to get to the real tradition; no half measure. His diplomatic shuttle across the world will not affect his love for the tradition of Benin people; he is here to make the kingdom greater.