Tension over plans to install another Sultan of Shuwa Arabs in Edo

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Plans by some Shuwa Arabs, an ethnic group from Borno, to crown Idris Adanno as the Sultan of Shuwa Arab of Edo State, is generating palpable tension across the Benin Kingdom.

Invitation card to the coronation ceremony, sighted on Facebook, has triggered some outrage.

Prominent Benin youths who reacted on Facebook, condemned the planned coronation of a Sultan within the ancient Kingdom.

But unknown to many people in the state, the Shehu of Borno on 4 August this year, turbaned Adam Harun and gave him the same title.

Benin people are now just being aware of the latest move, which is indicative of a schism in the Shuwa Arab community in the state.

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In his reaction, the President of Benin Solidarity Movement (BSM), Elder Curtis Eghosa Ugbo, said Benin indigenes will do whatever it will take to resist what he described as an “evil act” by persons who are bent on fomenting trouble.

“This will never happen in the Benin Kingdom, we are Benin,” Ugbo added.

Also reacting, the Coordinator-General of Great Benin Descendants (GBD), Imasuen Izoduwa said the organization would meet and lock up the hotel-venue of the coronation, for allowing “such nonsense” in the land.

“We will meet later today so we can lock up that hotel by tomorrow or next for allowing such nonsense in our land. Enough is enough, I will no longer take any of this in our Kingdom,” he said.

Comrade Amos Ehinomen Uagbor said: “Is this obtainable elsewhere? We should now have OBA and Sultan in Edo state? In fact, the venue should be sealed`’.

Efforts to reach mobile phone numbers on the card for a reaction failed, as calls made to them failed to connect.