Edo Women Go Naked Against Oshiomhole, Warn Him to Stop Insulting Benin Elders, Chiefs

Edo Women Go Naked Against Oshiomhole, Warn Him to Stop Insulting Benin Elders, Chiefs

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By Osei Peters

Some women, who wore red dresses, took to the streets of Benin City to protest against the government of Governor Adams Oshiomhole.

They protested under the aegis of Concerned Edo Women and had among them few old women, who did not cover the upper part of the body.

Among other issues, the protesters expressed anger at recent outburst of Governor Oshiomhole against the Esama of Benin, Chief Gabriel Igbinedion.

They said they could no longer fold their arms and watch Governor Oshiomhole attack Chief Igbinedion and his son, former Governor Lucky Igbinedion, hence ,the need to express their displeasure by going half nude.

They carried placards with inscriptions such as “ Oshiomhole, Go and beg for forgiveness.” 

The women, in their hundreds, took their protest to the popular Oba’s square, where they visited the Emotan shrine, and other parts of the Benin metropolis.
The were received by the Chief Priest of the shrine, who spoke in the Benin language and praised the women for “resisting evil.”

One of them, who spoke in the Benin language, said, “we are women. As mothers, sisters and aunts to Chief Gabriel Igbinedion, we say no to any form of disrespect on the person of Chief Igbinedion.

“As mothers, we cannot see evil in the land and support it. We are against the action of the governor, particularly on Chief Igbinedion and his household.

We want the Governor to apologize to the Esama of Benin Kingdom, Chief Igbinedion. All we are asking the governor is to stop insulting elders from Benin Kingdom so that we do not completely go naked and place curses on him.”

He said the protest was a welcome one as nobody, regardlessly of position, should insults Benin chiefs and elders, adding that whoever did was inviting the wrath of the gods and will not go unpunished.”

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