Chief David Edebiri is the Esogban of Benin Kingdom. As the Odionwere of the Kingdom, he’s answerable for the security and progress in the Kingdom. On this interview, Esogban who’s the second in command within the hierarchy of the primary class chiefs of the Oba of Benin after the Iyase of Benin, explained why the Benin monarch, Oba Ewuare 11 placed a curse on human traffickers and cultists in the state.
He disclosed that the charms which he described as missiles utilized by the Oba in putting the curse had not seen daylight for 800 years, which was an indication that the revered monarch was very concerned concerning the activities of human traffickers which had obviously given the kingdom a nasty identify. In line with Esogban, whoever did not heed the warning of the Oba would certainly incur the wrath of the gods especially if the perpetrator ever drank or drinks the water from the Kingdom or set his or her foot in Benin Kingdom.
Sir, what knowledgeable the decision by Oba Ewuare 11 to put a curse on human traffickers, cultists and killers within the state?
This drawback of human trafficking has been on for a very long time. Day by day we read stories of slavery and deaths within the Mediterranean sea of our individuals. It has been a serious concern to all of us. Notably three weeks ago, we watched the CNN devoting its African story to Benin City. Nothing else but Benin Metropolis and human trafficking. The story was featured throughout the week which portrayed Benin Metropolis as a place for incubation of harlots and free intercourse staff earlier than they have been transported to Europe. I used to be weeping whereas watching the programme and I feel that was the same feeling our father, the Oba had and determined to say that sufficient is sufficient. You’ll keep in mind that in the course of the reign of Oba Erediauwa, when kidnapping started, nobody knew where the abductors have been coming from. We needed to place a curse to abate it. In that case, the juju men, the meta-physicians, the Ewaise, the Ohens and others have been requested to convey their materials from houses, which we used in putting the curse then and it was very effective. Previous to that curse, it was not attainable to arrest these individuals, they appeared like individuals from totally different planets. However instantly the curse was positioned on them, they turned ineffective and as soon as they kidnapped, they have been arrested and have been paraded on television. Many left Benin and we had some peace.
But last weekend Oba Ewuare 11, brought the normal missiles from palace reservoir. A few of these missiles had not seen the sun in the last 800 years they usually have been brought out that day for the purpose of the curse. Really, it was a radical job. I personally congratulated the Oba for going to that extent. The supplies that have been brought out had been there even in the course of the reign of Oba Ewuare 1, in 4040 AD. These things are solely introduced out in a critical occasion akin to an impending warfare. So, this human trafficking has turn out to be a warfare towards us and the Oba has used the opportunity to put what I name a decree on so many anti-social actions in our Kingdom together with illegal migration, kidnapping, cultism, and killing individuals unnecessarily. The last word goal was to sanitize the society.
The Oba did not simply put a curse on all those that would from that day follow these evil issues, he went additional to nullify the oath of secrecy administered by any native doctor on victims before traveling out. The Oba assured that each one such victims had been let loose from no matter had been administered on them and that it took fast impact. So the victims can now disclose what individuals did to make them part with their money and it will make the determine of the individuals behind this dirty commerce to be recognized. So we’re all glad for what the Oba did and the repercussion for anybody who would break the rule is understood. And if those that aren’t of Benin extraction assume that they will come here and do no matter they like and go away, it also goes with them. The one factor is that when they are dying one might not see them. This curse just isn’t meant to have an effect on solely Benin individuals however anybody who resides right here, or drinks the water right here.
Why do you assume this business of human trafficking thrives in Benin?
I’ve all the time requested the same query myself. Our inhabitants is just not that a lot, if it is for centrality, Benin is a central place the place all Nigerians can converge however that does not imply it’s the drawback. Because, should you take a look at the listing of returnees they’re Benin individuals. Previous to this period, the Benin individuals, notably our ladies, have been never recognized to be wayward. Does it imply that Benin is the poorest place in Nigeria of at the moment? why must it’s Benin? We are sending individuals to Russia subsequent yr to play on the planet cup, why not 5 or 6 Benin individuals in that staff because it was in those days? Why are we not taking first within the listing of science students who go abroad and excel? I don’t know. When our individuals all the time most popular to go to Italy, I had thought that the Italian men had special flair for Benin women however it had handed that stage now. Are the Benin individuals now lazy that they can’t work with their palms until they exit and prostitute? What of the boys? The problem is that each one these individuals need to experience huge automobiles they usually consider when you go to Libya or Europe you’ll make it. That’s an misguided perception and that was the purpose Oba Ewuare 11 needed to show that if you want to be a wealthy man in this world you’ll be able to stay right here in Benin, work exhausting and turn into wealthy. Those that made it prior to now and people who have made it now didn’t go to Libya or Europe.
Will the curse additionally have an effect on the mother and father who promote their property and give cash to their youngsters to go abroad ?
It’ll catch up with all of them. Both the mother and father who promote their property to send their youngsters out for these hazardous jobs, the native docs who have heard about this curse and still persist within the act of getting ready that concoction for individuals to drink, will all endure for it I can assure you. There isn’t a escape for such persons. I informed you that that is the primary time as Esogban of Benin that I’m seeing the Oba going to get what I also can describe as weapon of mass destruction for the evil doers. These missiles don’t come out like that until we’re going to conflict. Up to now the Oba might name on the related metaphysics societies, like Obo, Ewaise, iwebo and different teams to deliver what that they had and that may be used. But that of last Friday was totally different. The Oba needed to deliver out the one that had been there for hundreds of years and we rely on these things for the safety of this kingdom. In the historic occasions in the course of the inter-tribal wars, Benin was by no means recognized to have been defeated by any group as a result of God Almighty and our gods have been behind us. We consider in it regardless of Christianity that is all over the place now. The reality of the matter is that in case you are a true Benin individual and hear the curse of the Oba, you will not dare do what’s forbidden. The occasion of final Friday will help to scale back drastically illegal migration in Edo state. It’s a crime towards God and humanity and it’s a crime towards all our ancestors. Our youngsters are usually not slaves they usually cannot be slaves to anybody.
The Oba was Nigeria’s ambassador to Italy and whereas he was there because the Crown Prince then, how was he capable of handle issues like human trafficking which in fact involved Benin individuals?
When he was Nigeria’s ambassador to Italy, he handled issues like this human trafficking and because of his type of individual the incident lowered drastically for the interval he was ambassador. However after his departure the matter went full blast again and have become a matter that nearly every house in Benin is now concerned. Those that couldn’t send their youngsters to Libya or Italy have been seen because the weaker ones. It was not solely the Oba of Benin who had been embarrassed, every Benin individual, each Nigerian have to be embarrassed. Unfortunately when the CNN crew came they didn’t show the great a part of Benin City, however portrayed the entire thing so dangerous earlier than the general public.
What about those who should have paid cash already to traffickers to take their individuals to Europe, will they forfeit their cash?
Those that had gone the fallacious approach to part with their money, they have no one accountable. No one goes to pay them again. These individuals ought to know that the journey they want their youngsters to embark upon is a harmful one. Hundreds of our individuals have died in the Mediterranean sea and the Sahara desert. So, these individuals ought to know that God had saved them with the Oba’s curse. Let me inform you the reality, no one can inform you not to go close to a burning hearth. Whoever dares the Oba’s decree doesn’t survive it. Even the Oba informed the story himself that day, that those that got here to plead for the revocation of the juju prior to now came upon that it was not attainable. I hope every Benin man or lady, as well as all those who stay, drink water and breath air right here avoid evil activities to avoid the wrath of the gods. (Vanguard)