By Oboh Agbonkhese
LAGOS—THE former governor of Edo State, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, has been accused of treating the Esan people as a conquered nation, the deposing of the Onojie of Uromi, Zaiki Aidenojie II, being the recent manifestation of such mindset.
These were the sentiments of an Edo leader, the Esogban of Ubiaja, Chief Omochiere Aisagbonhi, who told newsmen in Lagos, weekend, that Oshiomhole’s parting gift to Esanland was an attack on culture, which Governor Godwin Obaseki must immediately reverse to prevent the collapse of traditional institution.
According to Aisagbonhi, the Gbobamoyegun of Ikeja, “I am not in support of anybody, including a monarch, assaulting any one. If the Uromi monarch is accused of such, there are laws. This is why I say this act is politically-motivated and if Governor Godwin Obaseki does not reverse it, the system will fight back.”
He added that in Esan, a monarch’s stool is neither appointive nor rotational, but hereditary, based on the principle of primogeniture, “which is why it is a threat to our traditional institution. And any Esan man that did not walk out of the meeting where this decision was taken is a bastard.”
The real estate mogul said Esan was totally marginalised by Oshiomhole, except for the few who keep mute because of personal gains, adding that “docility on the part of Nigerians is why a handful of political leaders have taken over 180,000,000 people for a ride for too long.”