President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has made a commitment to safeguarding the returned Benin artifacts from various parts of the world as a means of preserving the people’s history. This assurance was given during a meeting with the Oba of Benin, Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo Ewuare II, and other traditional leaders from Edo State on Friday.
In a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Special Duties, Communications, and Strategy, Dele Alake, it was revealed that the President pledged his administration’s support for the establishment of a museum by the Benin Royal Council to house the artifacts.
The President extended his congratulations to the Benin monarch for the successful recovery of the stolen artifacts, expressing admiration for his efforts in constructing a museum that would appropriately preserve the rich history and traditions of the Benin Kingdom.
“It deserves our protection. We are glad to have them back, and we are glad you are happy. They are in protective custody. It is a matter of history, over a hundred years. We will work on the museum,” he said.
President Tinubu announced that the Federal Government is presently conducting an evaluation of its infrastructure projects and assured that the roads in Edo State will be given due consideration, as requested by the traditional ruler.
In his speech, Oba Ewuare II praised President Tinubu for the remarkable achievements of his administration within the initial weeks. He expressed that their prediction of the President’s proactive approach had been surpassed by his swift actions, instilling renewed hope and progress in Nigeria.
The monarch appealed to President Tinubu for assistance in safeguarding the returned artifacts, ensuring their protection from theft or seizure by entities other than the Benin Royal House.
Oba Ewuare II also expressed gratitude to the Federal Government for appointing him as the Pro-Chancellor of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).