Edo State Government has reacted to the news making the rounds that a certain Sultan Idriss Adanno will be coronated on Saturday, August 21, 2021 as the Sultan of Shuwa Arab in Edo State.
In a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Barrister Osarodion Ogie, the government said: “The Edo State Government has been inundated with complaints from indigenes and residents of the State over the purported move to embark on the coronation of one Idriss Addano as ‘Sultan of Shuwa Arab of Edo State.’
“The Edo State Government wishes to state as follows:
“That whether or not this event is held at the proposed, or any other location within the state, it would constitute a direct assault on the traditions, custom and culture of the people of Edo State, by individuals who clearly have sinister motives and are trying ta abuse the well-known Edo hospitality by their act of sacrilege
“That it is a potential threat to the peace and security of Edo State, with the capacity to cause a breakdown of law and order as citizens of the state are likely to be provoked by the obnoxlous ceremony.
“Under the Edo State Traditional Rulers and Chiefs Law, it is an offence for anyone to proclaim himself, or allow himself to be proclaimed as the holder of any traditional title not recognized under the said law and/or without the approval of the appropriate authorities.
“The state government hereby wishes to assure all concerned that firm and decisive action will be taken to prevent the actualization of this illegal and sacrilegious act and that all persons found to have been involved in the conception and/or execution of same would face the full wrath of the law.
“The Edo State Government therefore calls on all citizens to be calm, law abiding and rest assured that government is firmly on top of the situation.”