BENIN – Alhaji Abdulfatai Enabulele, the Chief Imam of Benin, has pledged the support of the Muslim Community in Edo State to the Benin Monarch, HRM Oba Ewuare II, over intention of the state government to take custody of the intending return stolen artefacts by the Europeans.
Alhaji Enabulele who was at the Oba palace with Muslim faithful to pay homage to the Benin Monarch as part of their tradition to mark the Eid-Mubarak celebration said the Muslims are behind the Oba in the return of stolen artefacts.
The Chief Imam said: “We, the Muslims do not support what is not right and what will cause conflict or problems. But we will support what will bring peace and development in our community as Muslims”.
“That is why we are praying that anyone who will want to do anything that is not right, God should change that person. You don’t challenge nor contest with the Oba in the Benin Kingdom.”
The Muslim Cleric, who was visibly angry over the Edo State Government’s intention to possess the artefacts when returned, pointed out that the Oba of Benin is the Chief custodian of our revered culture and tradition as well as the stolen artefacts wherever they are in the world.
Alhaji Enabulele lamented over the double standard of some persons in the state over the proposed return of the stolen artefacts because of their personal interest and executive positions which he described as greed and trying to fuel crisis within the Benin empire.
“As Oba wants it, is what we, the Muslims will support. All the artefacts should be returned to the Oba Palace
The Chief Imam, who chronicled the return of the stolen artefacts within 1938, 2013 during the reigns of Oba Akenzua II, Oba Erediauwa and now, stated that those artefacts should be brought to the palace not somewhere else.
Responding, the Oba of Benin thanked the people for the visit, just as he tasked the people to continue to pray for the peace and development of the state.
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