Benin Group Accuses Pastor Oritsejafor
... Says Stolen Artefacts Back To Palace
A group known as; " Great Benin Descendantants Worldwide,(GBDW), has disclosed that, the stolen Artefacts looted from Benin Kingdom in 1897, should be return back to the palace.
The body also accused Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor for saying the Edo people are Descendants from the Yoruba origin or people.
Addressing journalists and media writers in Oba Oguola NUJ Press Centre Benin city, Edo state, the Coordinator General of the Great Benin Descendantants, Comrade Imasuen Amowie Izoduwa, said the major core of their group is to built on truth, integrity, selflessness and patriotism.
" Some months ago, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor did fallaciously state that, the Oba's of Benin are of Yoruba descents. That the official language of the palace until recent times, was Yoruba language. "
"We wish to use this press conference to once again do justice to such uninformed lies. And educate the said pastor who was alleged to have stolen Nigeria common wealth with a private jet to South Africa some time ago to desist from historical issues, and face how to extort his members. "
"This fact outlined completely that asserted, the indigenous evolution of an idea of the personification of the Ikaladerhan, and his Travis in his homeland in Benin Kingdom. One must also discredit the wrong assertion that, the official language of the palace of the Oba of Benin was Yoruoba language."
" Rather, we can say that, at one point in time, the official language of the Ooni's palace was Edo language. Because, according to the oldest tradition practiced in Ile-Ife called the Ikedu tradition."
" It is established that, words like Oghene, Olokun, Uko, etc where largely used in the palace established by Ikaladerhan in Ile-Ife. One cannot deny the maternal origin of Oranmiyan being a Yoruba woman."
" The Yoruba language was sparingly used in the palace of the earliest Oba's of Benin. Just like how Ikaladerhan introduced some Edo words into Ile-Ife community, which has become an extant part of their oldest tradition.
"I wish to announce that, the Benin Kingdom is officially 2058 years old. Since our King and father reigned as Ogiso Igodo, and by that reason, we are the Second Oldest Surviving Monarchy in the world, and Africa's oldest surviving monarchy."
" The mathematical calculation is thus: Ogiso dynasty lasted for 854 years, 285 years of the first interregnum and 70 years of second interregnum and lastly, 849 years of the present Oba dynasty and still counting. When calculated together gives 2058 years. It is through knowledge we are proud of the legacies of the past," Izoduwa lamented.
He therefore warned:" we are warning the revisionists to desist from our history and focus on making history for their own future generations. Just like the one the Great Benin Descendantants people currently enjoys."
" Every Edo person must rise to fight those drifting from what made an Edo man. What he was in the time past. To us as an Association, this is what is really vital, the survival of our race."
" By the instance of this press conference, we are pledging with our Royal Majesty to look into these things that we have outlined. Edo is fast disengaging from the values that made us Edo," he groaned.
Speaking on the return stolen Artefacts, during questions and answers session, Amowie Izoduwa said:" the Artefacts in question belong to the Oba of Benin and should be handover to him."
" We believe that, the palace of the Oba of Benin should work with the Edo State Government to share ideas that will edify our sacred artefacts. And look into the prospect of using this glamorous artefacts to better the lots of all Edo people.'"