Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike visit to Benin City, the Edo State capital on Thursday for his presidential ambition has continued to generate comments and reactions between supporters of the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki and well known supporters of the All Progressives Congress, APC in the state.
The recent controversy over the Rivers State Governor visit to Benin City is that the presidential aspirant crossed his legs while in the Palace of the Benin Monarch, Oba Ewuare II.
A development that has attracted anger and expressions indicating the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike acted disrespectfully before the Oba of Benin.
Counter reactions suggested that Governor Nyesom Wike unknowingly crossed his legs before the arrival of the Oba into the Palace main hall, warning the supporters of Governor Godwin Obaseki to stop using the name of the Oba to score cheap point.
Excerpts of the reactions and counter reactions:
Osemeke Samuel Iyobosa: Check how others sat in front of our Reverred Oba and check Wike.
Common respect he doesn’t have for the Palace.
Shey una say Wike no cross leg in front of Oba? Mtcheeeew.
Ikponmwosa Ogbonmwan: Those who package him to Oba palace would have reminded him, that nobody sit in the presence of our revered Majesty like that, BIG insult on Edo people.
Activist Afolayan Timi: This is an insult to the Oba, the kingdom at large.
Leg crosser in a Royal Palace.
Nosa Omorodion: Dem dey post say STRANGER cross leg for Oba Palace; dem forget say their OMOTO ( Bini language meaning son of the soil or indigent son) Oga wear cap dey talk to Oba for Palace. For Palace, Benin man nor dey wear cap talk to Oba.
Kola Edokpayi: How did Wike disrespect our Great and Revered Oba of Benin here as speculated in some political areas?
I don’t belong to any bloc of the political imbroglio in Edo State battling for political supremacy.
I say it the way it is as a Human Rights Activist…
Don’t drag our Oba of Benin in the PDP political imbroglio.
Wike didn’t err at all. Wike day come oooooooooooooooooo.
We are watching
Ovie Efosa: This is an insult to the Palace
Leg crosser in a Royal Palace
WIKE is a gonner
Amafe Jessica: When your boss refused to wish our monarch Happy birthday, none of you saw it as disrespectful.
When he was dragging Artifacts that didn’t belong to him to open a none existing museum, none of you saw it as disrespectful.
Shame on you! Shame on you all.
Wike came to the Palace, met with our King, he had a wonderful time, he got the Royal blessings, the palace chiefs and the king were with him, even those who coordinates the affairs of the palace including how visitors are seated saw him and they knew nothing was wrong with it.
Who are you to tell the palace how their visitors are seated?
Are you a custodian of our culture?
Can you be more royalty than the palace?
In attempt for some of you to defend your pay master, you end up exhibiting your føölishness.
Go and tell JUDAS that he disrespected the palace by dragging Artifacts and for refusing to wish him happy birthday, we can take it up from there.
Father and Son having good time.
Ahmed Tijani Mustapha: It has been established that the Great Oba of Benin was not on seat when the picture of wike was taken… If you still think otherwise put up your evidence or forever remain quite…
Your GOVERNOR was on seat when another GOVERNOR came into his state parading himself around the streets of Benin with sirens, flags befitting of a GOVERNOR as if he was in River State. He held meetings with PDP State executives, with the state Chairman in attendance…
All of you should bury your heads in shame.
What Wike did to GOVERNOR Obaseki has never happened before in NIGERIA… But this only speaks to the fact that Obaseki is a toothless bull Dog…
Wike who some persons will like to call IRON BENDER has not just bent Obaseki, he has completely Broken him…
Obaseki we dare you, Go to River State and do same.
Abdulazeez Oshiomhole Isah: When I saw what you are doing in Rivers, I knew the people of Rivers are happy- Oba Ewuare.
Governance is all about putting the people first. This Wike has proven over the years. Whatever anyone is saying about how he sat and stood at the Oba’s palace is inconsequential to what governance stands for.
The Oba of Benin is a very civil and highly exposed Monarch who is not brainwashed by the primordial cleavages that those who want to appear to be more culturally inclined than the Benin palace are parading on social media.
You cannot be more Catholic than the pope.