The Aiyobahan of Benin, Chief John Osamede Adun, has warned proponents of parallel kingdom in Benin against impersonating the Ogiamien title. Adun disclosed this in Benin City, while responding to reports against the Oba of Benin.
He said the Oba of Benin, His Royal Majesty Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo Oba Ewuare II, cannot be coerced to recognise faceless groups laying claim into Ogiamien title when the bonafide holder of the title who is yet to return from his sojourn abroad, was not in dispute.
Adun described the failed attempts by the faceless group battling through dark emotions to adulterate Benin history as an embarrassing error of judgement. He said: “Some persons had appealed to the Federal and Edo State governments to allow them have their own king and independence in Benin. It is forbidden in Benin kingdom.
“The Oba of Benin is the custodian of all titles in Benin and no other person has the right to so do. The Ogiamien title belongs to the Uzama N’Ibie Guild in the ancient Benin Kingdom. Ogiamien is not dead, he is alive; we had been told that he travelled abroad. Since he travelled abroad, he is yet to return.
“Nobody has declared Ogiamien dead. Usually, when the Oba of Benin bestows any title on anyone, until the person dies, the title cannot be transferred to another person.
Therefore, nobody is strong enough to crown himself a king in Benin. It is forbidden to mankind and the ancestors. “Ogiamien title is hereditary. We the Benin people are against any attempt by anyone to usurp the power of the Oba. The title is ordinary title like my own. He is not dead. He lives.