Oba of Benin approves interim elders council to nominate acting priest


By Imelda Osayande (08038569846)

Benin, Feb. 9, 2021 Oba of Benin, Oba Eware II, has approved an interim elders council to nominate an acting Ohenosa (Priest) for the Holy Arousa Cathedral of Benin, also known as Benin National Church.

A statement signed by the Secretary, Benin Traditional Council, Mr Frank Irabor, on Tuesday in Benin, said the approval was to expedite the opening of church which had hitherto been closed for reorganisation following the removal of former Ohenosa, Mr Harrison Okao.

According to the statement, Oba of Benin approved an interim elder council to be headed by Chief Norense Ozigbo-Esere (Osuma) as Chairman and Chief Omoregie Obamwonyi (Esere) as Vice-Chairman.

Others members are: Chief Ekhorovbiye Oviasogie (Eribo) and Chief Edionwe Oliha (Oliha).

The statement added that “The Benin Traditional Council has been directed to announce the dissolution of the Elders Council headed by the acting Chairman, Chief Jackson Igbinovia (Osagiobariase).”

Naija247news reports that the former priest, Mr Okao, was removed as the Ohenosa last week Thursday.

The removal followed the recommendation by elders committee of the cathedral and senior chiefs of the palace.

It was added that the removal was predicated on alleged long-standing and lingering breaches by Mr Okao pertaining to the age-old custom and traditions as Ohenosa at the cathedral.

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