Benin Solidarity Movement (BSM) worldwide this day wants to delve into the issue of wrong statement as being peddled by the so called Talakawa Parliament, as it relates to the needless crisis in Iguoshodin N’Ebudin, a community in Ovia North East Local Government Area of Edo State.
In the press conference he addressed Marxist Kola Edokpayi, the self-acclaimed human rights activist accused the Secretary to the Benin Traditional Council (BTC) of being the one fuelling the Crisis when Kola Edopkayi and his cohorts do not understand the administration of the Benin Traditional Council (BTC).
This allegation no doubt would have stem from what the so called Pastor Sunny Osahon told Kola Edokpayi to say based on financial inducement.
If the self-acclaimed Marxist is to be honest to himself the issue at stake is that someone is trying to tarnish the image of the amiable and hardworking Secretary of the Benin Traditional Council- Mr. Frank Irabor and in so doing take a poke at the Oba of Benin Palace.
For the information of Kola Edokpayi, who is supposed to be a true son of Benin, issues of who becomes the Okhaegele of any Community is not what the Omo N’Oba gets involved with. The issue is best handled by the Enogie or the Odionwere of such Community who from his interaction with the youths knows the one that he can easily relate with and he is solely to pick such individual to assist him in the running of the affairs of the Community on behalf of His Royal Majesty, the Omo N’Oba.
The self-styled Pastor Sunny Osahon has played a mind game on Kola Edokpayi. He has deceived him just like he deceived some people in Iguoshodin N’Ebudin that he has been appointed as Okhaegele of the Community by the Oba of Benin. There is nothing of such. He is an impostor.
Whom the Lord has blessed no one can curse. A million of Kola Edokpayi and his retinue of hangers-on cannot shake the Secretary of the Benin Traditional Council-Mr. Frank Irabor or undo what the gods have endorsed in making him assume that position.
We are using this medium to advice Kola Edokpayi to change his mode of operation as a human rights activist. His modus operandi looks much like the “where bele face” approach as it is coined in local parlance.
In his own interest, we expect Kola Edokpayi to hasten to forward a public apology to Mr. Frank Irabor the Secretary to the Benin Traditional Council and indeed the Oba of Benin Palace for standing truth on its head in his ill-fated press briefing.
We also want to advise the Commissioner of Police, Edo State Command and the Edo State Government to be wary of the likes of Kola Edopkayi in the State.
Elder Curtis Eghosa Ugbo
President, Benin Solidarity Movement (BSM) worldwide.
Saturday, June 12th, 2021