Oshiomhole dresses up to receive Benin monarch

Jethro Ibileke/Benin

Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Nigeria’s Edo state jettisoned his working class garb Thursday as he came to office dressed in a white agbada, the full traditional dress common in Western and Northern Nigeria. But his dress was not fully complete: the comrade governor, leader of the working class forgot to put on a cap.

Oshiomhole draped in Agbada receives Benin Monarch
Eyebrows were raised as the comrade governor has never made a showy dressing a feature of his government in the last four years. Even on his swearing-in day for a second term on Monday, Oshiomhole appeared in a working class khaki, a short-sleeved shirt and trousers, as guests appeared in flowing robes and designer suits.

It was not long however to fathom the reason for the Governor’s dress: he was billed to receive the respected, revered monarch of the Benin Kingdom, Omo N’oba Erediauwa.

Oshiomhole had simply put on a garb fit for a royal reception.

The visit to Government House by the the Benin Monarch, was a rare show of public appearance.

Benin monarch visits Oshiomhole
The Monarch arrived the Government House in company of some Senior Palace Chiefs and Enogies and paid tribute to the Governor for his transformation achievements in the state, particularly in Benin City, urging him to keep up with the good work.

“I came to congratulate you on your swearing-in. I watched it on television and it was very impressive. You have done well. Keep the flag flying,” the Monarch said.

Aligning himself with prayers offered, the Monarch who is rarely seen in public noted “my Chief broke kola and said, may God continue to enrich the treasury with the wherewithal to do what you are doing. Please finish the projects and thank you very much. My brother traditional rulers are waiting for you to continue work in their domains.”

Oba Erediauwa commended the governor’s extemporaneous speech at his inauguration, adding “you are a wonderful man.”

Responding, elated Governor Oshiomhole expressed deep gratitude to the Oba for his support and prayers.

“I am deeply indebted to your Majesty. Your Majesty has been a father to me and to all of us in Edo State. My own biological father would not have done better for me than what you have done.”

Outlining his vision for the second term, the Governor noted “I am determined to do more than what I did in the first term. We have overcome our learning curve.”

He listed the next phase of work to include aggressively reclaiming the moat and sustaining the work on the Benin Masterplan, adding that over the next two years, it would be completed.

“Your Majesty, we would restore the beauty of this great city. This is the capital of this kingdom, this is the capital of Edo State. I am indebted to the Bini for accepting me as a son and a brother. By their votes they spoke very loud and clear,” Oshiomhole concluded.


  1. Joe

    Oshiomole know how to wash and dine with the elders. The only differences betweencomrade and Mimiko is quite qbvious While the first play no favouritism of award contract Mimiko only awards all the state contact to family member of his and the mistake hes making was that Ondo people can take so much before react..My advise to Mimiko in the second term he s to ensure equal opportunity should extend to all in the state.Ondo state cannot afford to go backward but forward.I congratulate comrade Oshiomole for the recognition awward by Oba of Benin Ereduwa one of the few best respected nigeria traditional ruler. and wishing the king long live. Oba atopeei Iseeh

  2. Bankole jones

    ACN is better than PDP. No more comments. Bankole Jones

    1. ogbeni naija

      @Bankole it was not now,don’t base your belief on Oshiomole & Fashola’s performance.Their performance is never influenced by ACN but by their passion to serve their people.ACN and PDP no one is better than other.

  3. Omozee

    Point of correction my able reporter, Gov. Oshiomole did not forget to put on his cap, it was a sign of respect for the monarch.

  4. paul

    This is just occultic Batism nothing more.

    They knew what they are doing, nothing to praise so don’t be deceive

  5. austin

    well i just want to say this to d govenor. i read some days ago that u want to develop d villages,so that people don’t have to leave to d city. d fact remains that if d city don’t develop,d villages cant. develop d city,so benin can become a metropolitan city. in overseas,villages are were factories and palm estate are built. benin is not close to what can be called a city,so it shld be fully developed,so that people dont have to travel to lagos to look for job. we need bridges,houses,recreation centres. and lot more. make benin a city,cos its not yet a city.

  6. seye

    Carol, you better quickly wake up from your dreams or is it daymare, Labour taking Osun and Ekiti? i laugh in Yoruba. Mimiko will unravel before our very eyes in a few months just watch.

  7. Carol

    Oshio baba, i have no doubt that you will fulfill the destiny that our Lord has committed into your hand in Edo state. I am calling the governnor of Ondo state (Olusegun Mimiko) to please emulate Oshiomale in his second term in office. Pls My Iroko listen not to the sancophant around you that could be whispering “This is your last Chance ” to your ear thereby making you to lose focus of your vision for the state. Remember Labour is taking both Osun and Ekiti if you prove that you can be the Asiwaju that people are looking for. I dont believe you have to belong to ACN before achieving this because it is not ACN in Oshio bt a personal integrity. long live Edo nd Ondo state.

  8. Umoh G

    The Oba of Benin is one royal father who is not given to frivolities. Most of us have agreed that Oshiomhole deserved a second term because of his performance, and the Oba did not disagree with us. I congratulate our comrade governor.

  9. naubiko

    @MAILAFIYA …lol


    There goes Anenih. Power has definitely changed hands.

  11. Mamman Bako

    He knows who’s daddy.

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