A former Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Dr. John Abhuere, has appealed to Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, to reverse the deposition of the Onojie of Uromi, HRH Anslem Eidenogie 11.
The monarch was deposed by former Governor Adams Oshiomhole for allegedly assaulting one Betty Okoebor and disobeying constituted authorities.
Abhuere, who spoke on behalf of the Association for the Protection of Edo Cultural Values, urged the governor to forgive the dethroned traditional ruler in the interest of peace, harmony and development of Edo State.
The former NYSC DG said the deposition of the Onojie represented a sad chapter on the history of traditional system in the state.
Abhuere noted that the deposition was capable of creating disharmony and inter groups’ tension and suspicion in the state.
He said, “Yes, we know that the Onojie may have made mistakes and offended the last administration headed by Comrade Adams Oshiomhole. But that would not be enough for outright dethronement given the political circumstances of the time and the emotional attachment of Edo people to their monarch.
“While the purpose of the dethronement remains blur and unclear. You will recall that the issues that led to the altercation between the government and the Onojie was political and from indications was not unintended to slight the government.
“However, it is not our responsibility to delve into the main issue that played up in question, I am pleading with the governor to temper justice with mercy and recall the dethroned Onojie to enhance our cultural sanctity and common heritage.
“In Esan land, kingship is highly cherished and revered. It is hereditary, the undisputed right of the king’s first son. The hereditary culture is so deep, entrenched and highly valued.”