The Benin Traditional Council has announced that the Oba of Benin, Oba Erediauwa, is indisposed.
The traditional council made the announcement on Monday, March 16, following widespread speculations about the monarch's health.
The news was disclosed via a statement released by the council’s secretary, Frank Irabor.
The statement reads:
“It is hereby announced for the information of the general public that, in the Palace parlance, ‘Uhunmwun ve Ekpen vb’ Ato,’ meaning the Leopard is ill in the Savannah bush. The explanation is that Omo N’Oba N’Edo, Uku Akpolopkolo, Erediauwa, CFR, Oba of Benin is indisposed.”
“Public engagements, including courtesy visits, hearing of complaints from individuals, families and communities, and in particular, complaints over inheritance and land disputes, are therefore suspended until further notice.”
“All palace chiefs and functionaries are to note that their routine traditional duties continue as usual.”
Earlier rumours had it that the Oba had passed away but the council dispelled the reports.