BENIN CITY – The Odionwere, Elders, youths and people of Uzebu Community in Oredo LocalGovernment Area of Edo State, have joined millions of associates, well wishers and the people of Benin kingdom, especially the Benin royal family to congratulate the most revered Monarch, His Royal Majesty, Omo N’Oba N’Edo Ukuakpolokpolo, Oba Ewuare II CFR, on his recent conferment of the Commander of the Federal Republic, CFR, by President Muhammadu Buhari.

They described the honour as well deserved, especially in view of the formidable roles his Majesty has played to bring sanity to the country and indeed the state since assuming his ancestral responsibility in the kingdom about six years ago.

Speaking on behalf of the Odionwere, Pa. Alfred Omo Ogiefo, Elders and people of the community, the Okaeghele, Fidelis Owen, said that the distinguished award was a testamentary evidence of the exemplary leadership of the Oba of Benin in bringing the expected development to the kingdom, citing his spiritual and fatherly dispositions as a catalyst for promoting the progressive of the people and development of the Benin kingdom.

He thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for recognising the potential role of the monarch, particularly his collaboration with his administration to bring peace, unity, love and progress to the country, adding Oba Ewuare II CFR, has brought respite to the people through the mechanism of the banned infamous and ill-fated Community Developments Associations, CDAs, which almost ridiculed the integrity of the kingdom and coupled with his consistent counselling and spiritual intercession with God and the ancestors, saying Benin kingdom is today now a reference point to other kingdom which has remained a benchmark for good governance.

The Okaeghale, who reiterated his community support for his majesty, said that the honour is a tripartite celebration for the Benin royal family and the people, stressing it coincided with this year birthday and six years coronation anniversary celebrations of his majesty.

He urged the people to pray and support the Oba ofBenin morally to enable him have more confidence to pilot the affairs of the kingdom to an enviable height, just as he has reaffirmed his community loyalty to the Oba and the Benin royal family.

Owen also expressed appreciation to the odionwere, elders and the peoplefor their unflinching support and commitment to his administration in thecommunity, which according to him propelled his functions as the okaegheletowards achieving sustainable transformations, which the past administrations lacked,while assuring of his continued respect and consultations to enable himconsolidate on the achievements so far recorded.