The Oba of Benin, Ewuare II, has cautioned enogies (Dukes) collaborating with youths in their communities to resuscitate activities of banned Community Development Associations (CDAs) in different guises warning that those found flouting the ban on the activities of CDAs would be made to face the wrath of the law and ancestral consequences.
Recall that one of the first actions Oba Ewuare II took when he ascended the throne was a ban on CDAs which constituted obstacles to land developers who were being extorted by community youths.
This pronouncement by the Oba was backed with a law passed by the state House of Assembly banning activities of CDAs across the state.
Reacting to some issues raised by the Benin Christian community led by Rev God’spower Ogbomwan when they visited the Oba after a weeklong New Year prayer, he said the “resurging CDAs across the various communities in Benin kingdom through different means will never see the light of the day”.
He attributed the worsening security situation and other social crimes in the country to deviation from family values, as well as traditional and cultural norms of the land, insisting that religious leaders must desist from practices which are inimical to societal growth.
While commending the efforts of the Benin Christian community, the monarch posited that the palace would not renege in its prayers and other spiritual exercises for the good of the state.
He noted that the achievements recorded so far in Benin kingdom was due to the power of God and the Ancestors, pointing out that he recognises the important role of prayers in ruling a kingdom.
He urged them not to relent in praying to God to grant the nation’s leaders at all levels wisdom and the ability to lead the people on the path of peace, unity and progress adding “the prevailing cases of cultism, kidnapping, arm robbery and insecurity are temptations to test our faith,” just as he admonished the people to be closer to God.
On his part, Ogbonmwan saluted the Omo N’Oba for his performances which he described as excellent within the short period he has been on the throne, noting that his reign has restored peace and tranquility in all the communities in Benin Kingdom.