Abuja – The newly installed Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare 11, on Thursday in Benin, called for the inclusion of Edo language and history in schools’ curriculum.
The Oba made the call in Benin during his coronation and receipt of staff of office.
He implored government to include Edo language and Benin history in schools’ curriculum.
He also appealed to the Benin people to uphold and respect traditional institutions at all times.
“I advise my Benin people to try to maintain our culture especially our language, by insisting on its use in communicating with their children and each other.
He equally spoke on what he called “cultural diplomacy” when he said:
“We shall strive to ensure that conflicts are resolved between individuals, families and communities along the principles of social justice.
“We shall use cultural diplomacy as veritable tool for the promotion of harmonious relationship with our neighbours far and near.’’
The Oba said that to survive, it was imperative that culture is maintained; adding that culture is a unifying force for the people.
“Our culture and tradition remain the one main factor that international community respect us for.
The Oba said that his reign shall uphold the principle of neutrality and non-partisanship in political parties’ activities.
“While our people remain free to play politics by subscribing to any political party of their choice, we shall, however, continue to pray for and always support the right kind of political leaders.
“Who will safeguard the welfare of our people, provide for their basic needs and who will accord recognition to traditional institutions.”