Former Minister of State for Finance, Budget, and National Planning, Clem Agba, distances himself from articles penned by certain individuals in response to the Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, regarding his performance as a minister.
Agba clarified that he had no knowledge of or involvement in sponsoring the aforementioned articles, emphasizing his deep respect for the Oba as a father figure. He urged those responsible for writing such articles and attempting to politicize the situation to cease their unproductive endeavors.
During Agba’s visit to the palace on June 15, the monarch criticized him for allegedly not doing enough for the state and infrequent visits during his tenure.
“As a minister, I was wondering if any of our people also benefited from your office. I am saying that so that anyone who benefited can thank you,” Ewuare said.
Meanwhile, Agba, in a statement on Friday, said he had no disagreement with the Oba, adding, “I do not, and I will not have any disagreements with His Royal Majesty, the Oba of Benin Kingdom, on any matter whatsoever.
“I would like to address some commentaries and articles that have come to my attention, purportedly in response to the questions I received from our esteemed royal father, His Royal Majesty, Omo N’oba N’edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Ewuare ll, Oba of Benin Kingdom, about my stewardship.
“Let me make it clear, without any doubt, that the commentaries and articles that have surfaced are neither sought nor sponsored by me. It is not my nature to take issues with people in public. He is not only my father but also the father of all of us in Edo State.”
He added, “Unaware to most, later that evening, His Royal Majesty graciously granted me an opportunity to privately discuss and provide clarifications and answers, especially regarding how the provision for the storage of the artifacts was captured in the budget, for which I apologized and clarified that it was not my intention.”