July 20, 2024

Benin Group Speaks Against Gov Obaseki’s Divisive Actions

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Earl Osaro Onaiwu, President Bini Awareness Group

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By Reporter

A pan Bini sociocultural group, the Bini Awareness Group has accused Edo State Governor Mr. Godwin Obaseki of attempting to distort the Bini rich cultural heritage by labeling Okaigheles, as cultists.

BAG also frowned at what it called the divisive actions of the outgoing Governor Obaseki.

The position of the Bini group is contained in a statement signed by the Secretary, Eribo Edosa.

The statement reads: “We, the members and executive committee (EXCO) of Bini Awareness Group, are compelled to speak out against the divisive actions of the outgoing Governor Obaseki of our dear state, Edo.

“His attempt to distort our rich cultural heritage by labeling Okaghele, a cherished tradition, as a cultist activity is unacceptable.

“This move is an affront to our history and an embarrassment to all Edo South indigenes.

“We also hold responsible the Chief of Staff, Mr. Iyoha, and the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Ogie, as well as other Binis in the Governor’s cabinet, for their inaction and silence in the face of this assault on our heritage.

“Their complicity and failure to speak out against these actions are a betrayal of the trust placed in them to represent our interests.”

The statement added that: “Furthermore, we are dismayed by the lack of infrastructural development in our region, despite our significant contributions to the state’s economy. We demand better governance and development for Edo South.

“We urge Governor Obaseki, Mr. Iyoha, Mr. Ogie, and all Binis in his cabinet to respect and preserve our cultural heritage; address the infrastructural deficits in Edo South; and work towards uniting our communities, rather than dividing them.

“We stand united in our commitment to promoting and celebrating our Bini culture and heritage.”

Read Also: Legal and Constitutional Implication of Edo State Governor’s Ban, Proscription of ‘Okaigheles’ Institution in Edo South Communities of Edo State

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