BENIN—EDO State youths, Thursday, engaged themselves in a war of words, following the demand by the South-South Youth Alliance, SSYA, that Governor Adams Oshiomhole should apologise to the Esama of Benin Kingdom, Chief Gabriel Igbinedion, over what they described as the abusive words used recently by the governor against the Benin chief.
The SSYA, led by its president, Mr. Bruce Nosa-Uwaifo, had, while
briefing newsmen, accused Governor Oshiomhole of not respecting elders
in the state, describing the recent altercation between the governor and
Chief Igbinedion as unacceptable.
Ironically, the youths, who were gathered for the briefing, turned
against the organisers, saying that Oshiomhole’s reaction was germane,
and, therefore, he should not apologise, saying: “We thought we came
here to talk about the development of youths. Were we invited here to
insult the governor who has changed the lives of our people?”
Tension heightened when one of the youths, who identified himself as
Anthony Bello-Osagie, informed the organisers that “we were in this
state when the Esama you are talking about fought our father, the Oba of
We are also aware that the Esama’s voting unit was in GRA, but on the
day of the local government elections, he chose to go to Okada with