Was the Oba of Benin Right to have kept President Goodluck Jonathan & his Vice Waiting?

Widespread outrage has continued to trail the recent visit of President Goodluck Jonathan and his Vice, Namadi Sambo, to the Palace of the Oba of Benin.

According to media reports, the President and his Vice visited the ancient city of Benin on Saturday and waited for several minutes in the Palace of the Oba of Benin but the Oba never showed up to receive them.

The Oba’s action came as a rude shock to them.

President Jonathan had already taken his seat next to the Oba’s throne and was made to wait for about 15 minutes before a palace official announced to his delegation and the Bini chiefs that were also seated that the royal father would not be seeing him because of circumstances beyond his control.

However, the monarch’s official added that the usual palace formalities would still be observed in the absence of the monarch, including prayers for the president and the distribution of cola nuts. According to him, “because of circumstances beyond his control, the Oba cannot receive the president, but the normal procedures of prayer for our guest will still be carried out.”

President Jonathan, who was apparently taken aback by the announcement, looked calm as he simply lowered his gaze even as the palace official invited the most senior chief present to offer the prayers. After the prayers, the palace official, again, announced that even though the Oba would not see the President in public, he would be willing to receive him alone in another section of the palace.

Among those with the president in the palace were Vice President Namadi Sambo, Governors Emmanuel Uduaghan (Delta), Idris Wada (Kogi) and Seriake Dickson (Bayelsa); top government officials and PDP chieftains, led by the National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, as well as former Acting National Chairman of the party, Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje.

Meanwhile, the Oba of Benin, Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, has refuted publications in some national newspapers that he shunned President Goodluck Jonathan and members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on their recent visit to his palace.

The Benin traditional council, in a statement signed by its secretary and issued on the authority of the traditional ruler, in Benin City, on Monday, described some of the publications as mischievous.

According to the statement, “the palace would like to make it clear that the Omo N’Oba did not shun President Jonathan and the PDP members that came with him.

“In fact, it is the respect and love Omo N’Oba has for the president that made him to still manage to see the president in a private chamber in the palace, despite a complicated situation that day.”

So, what do you think about this? The Oba of Benin kept the President waiting for 15 minutes and did not come out of his chambers to honour the President’s visit. Was the Oba of Benin right to have kept the President, the Vice President and his aides waiting?

News Source: Tribune

70 Comments on Was the Oba of Benin Right to have kept President Goodluck Jonathan & his Vice Waiting?
  • ohwlahdoonie July 3, 2012 at 7:56 am

    lips sealed……u gt wt u deserve……

  • Mana July 3, 2012 at 8:10 am

    What the Oba of Benin had done was not right, President Goodluck I am sorry! In Europe, no such thing would happen. As you can see how politics in Africa by other powers and institutions is directed.

    • anon July 3, 2012 at 10:11 pm

      Why not read? The Oba is almost ninety years old, he met him privately! have you thought of the fact that his health could be responsible! you are saying Europe? how many heads of state does the Queen receve she delegates too. Prince Phillip could not participate in all her recent celebrations. Oba still meetwith him in private

    • femi July 23, 2014 at 2:25 pm

      talkin like a child

  • Bouglass July 3, 2012 at 8:17 am

    You recalled that how many president did he see in his lifetime as oba of benin kingdom. Has right shunne the mr president.

  • Bukar idris umar July 3, 2012 at 8:21 am

    Yes he ryt bcuse de prisedent is not on a state visit he is on a capyn trip and de Oba of Binen is not a polition he is for ol

    • zuu July 3, 2012 at 10:05 am

      speak English…..

      • AUDREY July 3, 2012 at 12:35 pm


    • Ib July 3, 2012 at 1:28 pm

      Abeg what language is this??

    • pssssst! July 4, 2012 at 4:12 pm

      Omo this your language pass me o! I NO FIT SHOUT!

    • Christian Igbinaduwa August 8, 2012 at 5:02 pm

      Thanks Bukar. The President was on a Campaign trip. These fools want everybody to be fool. Will you guys ever think and move the country forward rather than jumping from frying Pan to hot Fire? Thanks

  • Amaaaa July 3, 2012 at 8:38 am

    For once a monarch that is not an ass licker. If you went to see the oba why the entourage of pdp otinmkpus abi they are threathened by the alliance that produced oshimole this same way Lagos will never go back to pdp that is the same way Edo will never go back to them as long as the the governors are doing what the where elected to do kapish

  • Alero July 3, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Omo no Oba ne do Uku ‘ a kpolokpolo! Long may u live!If he couldnt see the President, then he couldnt. Period!!!. He may have been ill or something. The Monarch is ageing. I miss Benin City #sob# #sob#

    • Miss know Know July 3, 2012 at 9:37 am

      @Alero…Nee Awalale I C U!!. Benin sure knows u aren’t around.

  • Berry Choco Latte July 3, 2012 at 9:01 am

    C’mon now, that’s down right disrespectful. Hate the man all you want, but he’s still the president. They could have at least contacted the presidential delegation beforehand… smh.

    • purplepearl July 3, 2012 at 9:17 am

      My thoughts exactly, just rude. Lets hope the reason is cogent enough…atleast the Oba still saw him in a private chamber.

  • eesha July 3, 2012 at 9:05 am


  • anonimous July 3, 2012 at 9:08 am

    ths s disrespect to all Nigerians. The oba should be forced out of the throne or be made unpopular

    • anon July 3, 2012 at 10:21 pm

      That is why you cannot spell anonymous, your brain is empty, dethrone the Oba? comments like yours should not be seen. A people who do not know where they are coming from, long hiss

    • benin July 4, 2012 at 9:50 am

      With your statement, do u want the wrath of benin oba to befall u

    • jane February 4, 2015 at 6:06 pm

      Your fahter and all your relation we be forced out in Nigeria. President go,President come,but Oba remain most especially the BENIN OBA CANNOT BE THE THRONE IN THE LIFE HISTORY OF BENIN.

  • JEE O July 3, 2012 at 9:11 am

    Oba of benin did not snub the psesident rather he snubs those that made his subjects suffered for so long a time under the evil party (pdp).

  • Ajiboye Oluwatumininu Peters July 3, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Whatever he did was right. He’s a king & should have his own decision too.

  • LPS July 3, 2012 at 9:35 am

    heheheheheheheehhe..Nice one Oba Ato pe e!

  • Movie Junkie July 3, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Over inflated Ego’s everywhere! schewwwzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • Tunde Asekun July 3, 2012 at 9:45 am

    The Oba did well. It is high time people understood this fact that the Oba is more powerful than the president. The earlier we all know this, the better for us. No apologies cos he knows that he is there for subtle endorsement of PDP in Edo which the Oba won’t stoop so low to be part of. I am sure that if the Oba came out to see them, they would have taken pictures with and put on the front page of the dailies with captions like “The Oba of Benin endorsed PDP in Edo State. Nice one Monarch! Cheers

    • Obichie Patrick July 10, 2012 at 12:08 am

      That’s a correct statement. I praise the Oba of Benin Kingdom for being himself and not allowed himself to be moved or influnced by the president visit. Great Oba, of the great ancient Benin Kingdom, thanks for being yourself.

  • EDO EUGENE July 3, 2012 at 9:53 am


    • Reality October 24, 2015 at 3:27 am

      But the so called great kingdom if filled up with unemployment, thieves, kidnappers no industries and U say great ruler, where is the greatness

  • adannem July 3, 2012 at 9:55 am

    luv my oba… long may you live ise!!! @amaaa is soo right wish all traditional rulers are like him not running to the govt buh dey coming to you

  • kelly samuels July 3, 2012 at 10:16 am

    there cud b more to it dan just met d eyes,sometyms there are some unavoidable circumstances which may not have permitted d Oba to receive d visitors in public..afterall he is d OBa,presidents may com and go,but he cud possibly still remain.of course u dont expect him to go against d policies of d tradition simply bcos d president and his entourage came visiting…dont 4get he’s still d OBA n’edo uku’akpolokpolor’OBA ErediawaII….cheers

  • concern July 3, 2012 at 10:30 am


  • Me2me July 3, 2012 at 10:46 am

    See me see trouble ooo, a king in his own kingdom being judged, pls he has the right to whatsoever pleases him. He is not under the president remember. He rules that land and can do as he pleases. All na wash

  • Ayaba July 3, 2012 at 10:47 am

    The oba said it was due to some circumstances beyond his control, that’s fine now at least he later met with him. That shouldn’t be a problem at all, no big deal about that so far his reasons are genuine.

  • Vivien July 3, 2012 at 10:50 am

    I don’t see why there is so much controversy to this matter! Everyone is looking @ it because its the President & its entourage, if it had been a commoner who anyone have heard it? Is the President the 1st person that was turned back as well? I don’t think so. But then, has it occurred to anyone to think of this issue that maybe just maybe the Oba was sick & he knows he doesn’t want his people to know how bad it is much less the President? Am just saying what if……………………………….

  • Abs July 3, 2012 at 11:03 am

    hmmm big issues……


  • Laila Ikeji July 3, 2012 at 11:07 am

    They finally got to see now. And the Oba denies it being done to spite the President. Bt smhow we all get the message shaa. The President can b told to wait, evn if na for 30 mins.

  • Laila Ikeji July 3, 2012 at 11:07 am

    They finally got to see now. And the Oba denies it being done to spite the President. Bt smhow we all get the message shaa. The President can b told to wait, evn if na for 30 mins.

  • Bukki July 3, 2012 at 11:10 am

    Must have been a wishy washy plan by the presidency! But yesss! The more people stand up o humiliate these people in government, the more liberated we can get! I applaud the Obama for fearlessly doing what he needed to do. Go and work Mr president! Your country is in the Top 10 failed states in the World!

  • defjam July 3, 2012 at 11:16 am

    He is your president and he shouldhave been seated before the president walks in. I wonder what the international world would make of this. Looks like someone has set a precident here.

    I am no nigerian and do not know how the tradition/culture works, it might just be acceptable, #justsaying

  • babe July 3, 2012 at 11:34 am

    I love d Oba 4 ds, he can do as he pleases and Jonathan got wot he deserved, shameless president

  • leggy July 3, 2012 at 11:42 am

    ummm, it was disrespectful, say what you will but he is still the president and should be treated as such. but still, this is ridiculous. the oba still saw him and prayed for him, so what’s the big deal? why are we debating this? the oba still received him in his private chambers and even release a statement saying he didn’t do it on purpose.

  • zee July 3, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    The Oba is ageing. Just last month his heir apparent was recalled to Benin permanently .That was a sign that the Oba wanted the Heir around in case his time was up. I only blame the handlers of both men. If the situation was so grave and the Oba could not come out then the Oba’s handlers should have spoken to the President’s handlers and shepherded him to the private chambers before coming out to pray and then there would not be an uproar now.

    Please check your history, the Oba of Benin never keeps anyone waiting he is always on the throne waiting whenever a visitor is expected. That makes me wonder if proper and adequate notice was given by the President’s handlers before the visit.

    Again its amazing that last week Nigerians were calling their President unprintable names and today they are angry that another Nigerian seemed to have slighted the President!!

    I for one pray that Uncle Jona gets the wisdom, strength and courage he needs to lead this country aright.

  • florence July 3, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    it’s only in Nigeria dat we disturb ourselves with things dat are not vital. The Oba decided not to receive the president so? it’s best known to him why he did that.

  • UsaveOne July 3, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Oba is kinda righttttttttttt….! No apologies folks.

    Check.. http://usaveone.blogspot.com

  • Sabìo Raph July 3, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    4 cryin out loud, it s vry undastandin n explainable tho 2 an xtent… bt 4 d reaction of d media towards it, makes tinz sound awkward n pathetic, whch s nt ryt bcos we are talkin bout Leaders ere. So lets take it unlikely wiv dm instead n nt on our Leaders… God bless Nigeria

  • Jivey Ivy July 3, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    i dont see the point of this, moreover what is he going there for, should he not be dedicating his time to meeting with Northern statesmen to resolve boko haram!!!!! instead he is galavanting about msheew 🙁

  • Unity July 3, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    Can someone please explain to me the importance of the Oba, that the President and Vice President had to physically both be there. Is it like Monarchy in Britain? Anyway, it’s disrespectful in general to keep anyone waiting let alone the president. But, I also understand the time factor and power struggle in Nigeria, basically there’s no respect for time and the Oba probably felt he’s larger than life and the president should wait. I read they later met privately. At the end of the day, who cares about President vs Oba, there are other important issues unless they were discussing crucial issues to help Nigeria become better.

  • Lovely Grace July 3, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    he was on Naija time nau… wetin be the problem?

  • pepe July 3, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    DON’T drag the OBA into politics simple …@ Unity whats so special about the Monarchy in Britain???? Msheewwww ,Are you British ??? look at yours and appreciate the Monarchy your country Nigeria has?? complex is a disease, identify with your culture and beliefs even oyibos will identify with theirs proudly and are even happy to learn about yours..

  • konnie July 3, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    The question should be, who are the protocol officers that organized this fiasco. BAd management
    Before such incidents occur, there are normally some indications that there something might give

  • Person July 3, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    The Benin kingdom has existed long before there was anything called Nigeria. Not to talk of one one President just ‘dropping’ in to see the King. He is a King. He did not get to the throne by rigging elections. Meanwhile, Christian leaders/Pastors need to take a cue from the Oba of Benin. #nuffsaid.

  • mi July 3, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    he wasn’t under any obligation to see him a guest is guest how ever you see him or her is no body business,after all the president was still able to see him

  • Nne July 3, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    D Oba has very right to decide who to see, so if d timing weren’t comfortable 4 him, he’s got very dammd right to turn them down, afterall they were there on political campaign matterz wich d Oba may not be in d mood to discuss. Jona is not God afterall.

  • Omoze July 3, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    Truth: in terms of seniority, dignity, respect and tradition which all enduring institutions abide by, the institution of the ‘Oba of Benin’ existed several centuries before the institution of the ‘President of Nigeria.’ Although the Bini kingdom is an entity under the Nigerian state it is a kingdom – and used to be an empire that stretched as far as most countries in present day Gulf of Guinea – with its own local civilization and warriors that was the envy of many in the era of its prime. It was the last kingdom to be conquered by the British in 1886. The Oba of Benin does not ‘kiss ass.’ Ask IBB when he was president. The Oba was about the only monarch that challenged IBB while others were eating at his feet. In Edo state “we no send anybody!” Let’s all be honest, if president Jonathan visited your father’s house does your dad not have the ‘liberty’ – in our free society – to say whether or not he will come out from his private chambers to meet with the President who is waiting in your dad’s sitting room? The Oba is well within his right, in his own palace, to decide whether or not he wants to meet the President. Your can’t tell my dad (or your dad) what to do in his house – no matter who the visitor is – and you certainly can’t tell the Oba what to do in his palace.

  • marvel July 3, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    From what I read, I wonder if Jona was invited. If he wasn’t, NOBODY, I mean, NOBODY, drops in on the Queen of England like that. If they ‘passed through’ to give ‘props’ to him, then they got what they deserved. President or not, protocol must be sought and observed. Big up, Oba!!

  • Okorie Patrick July 3, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Adams is in charge of Edo State,so he just needed to give the high and mighty in PDP that blow to further make them unpopular in the State. For the President it further exposes how lazy his security details are,they should have somehow nipped this height of Humiliation in the bud.

  • Unity July 4, 2012 at 4:05 am

    @ Pepe

    You want to know what’s so special about the monarchy in Britain? Well, it’s shown and proven itself to be very powerful over the years, and it’s still one of the most powerful in the world. The Oyibos can be proud, because they’ve fought for freedom and developed their countries, why wouldn’t they be proud. Chinese have very interesting powerful history, why wouldn’t they be proud. Americans are this patriotic to their country because of what America stands for. Complex might be a disease to you but to me it’s about pride. I have to know what the monarchy in Nigeria achieved, accomplished, before I will be proud of it. I’m not like other gullible Nigerians, who do things without any reason but just to do it. The reason the country is in the failed state it is in, many Naijas FEAR and LOVE titles and don’t understand with titles comes expectation and responsibility. Naijas are busy schooling each other how to fear this particular person in power than schooling what can be done to better the society and that’s where the respect will naturally come from. But, no Naijas just eat it up and abuse power.
    As far as I’m concerned, I haven’t heard of any special thing the Oba has done. If he was around before the president of Nigeria, what type of legacy has he kept. Yeah, there were kings, princes yet the Europeans came and overpowered couldn’t even protect their own people. Isn’t it the same chiefs, I’m sure were connected to the Obas who sold their own people to Europeans as slaves. Ohhhh, I’m so proud. If Nigeria was powerful pre colonialism, why is it still so hard to get themselves together after 52 years of independence from Britain. So, next time you make a statement like that, keep in mind not everyone thinks like you.

  • Aremo July 4, 2012 at 10:33 am

    Long live the Oba of Benin.
    No matter whatever was the cause, the Oba was 100% right. Is Jonathan God?

  • NNENNE July 4, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Am not convinced that the Oba wanted to disrespect the president.
    This appears to be case of miscommunication. The man could have been sick.
    In these days of cell phone and Internet, it is dis heartening to know that our people still can not communicate right with the application of critical thinking.
    Whatever the situation was, even if he was upset with the president, someone should have communicated that early enough to the president and his entourage.
    I had a personal experience in Nigeria too. I was away from home for one week visiting my brother. The day I was to go home, I called my mother-inlay to let our driver meet me halve way(my bother could not do the trip because it was another city and he had things to do)
    At this point my mother inlay could have told me the best time to come or even postponed the trip , which was why I called. I got the shock of my life when I got there and there was no driver! To make a long story short she had to go to a wedding with the driver.
    Fellow BN bloggers, that was my first day of ridding Okada….it was raining , I was scared because I was not familiar with this location and I could not get a taxi at that moment.

  • NNENNE July 4, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Oops! Many errors… My iPad did not allow me to proof read before posting.
    Meant mother in-law, etc.

  • ighobest July 5, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Oba of Benin did what some of d king in d world can’t do. Jonathan sopose to have knwm that Oba of Benin is not a politician. President let Edo State speaks for themselves. We knw what is good.

  • Noble July 10, 2012 at 3:09 am

    It is so shameful that after trashing a mouth full of shit, the idiot called unity still can’t put a competing distinction between the subject matter I.e the Oba’s refusal to see the president, and instead confusing issues with what constitute a world known monarch which is entirely an issue not called for. I guess you are one of those uncultured loosers here in Britain who selfstyes themselves British and loose their culture and ethnic identity. You there undermine the position of the Benin monarch? You swine. Make a research into the history of Benin, apparently that will give you a better idea of the oba’s position. Pack your foolishness in and stop displaying your stupidity. Those seeking prayers or approval from the Oba must come with clean hands.

  • cruzek August 3, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    you should all live the sleeping dog to lye..

  • koratuvo November 26, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    It look as if you don’t know anything about histry or you are not current at all.

  • cliffrod biko October 16, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    yes, because, the president visit was mission to request the Oba to deliver his state to his government of good luck, the pdp government which the oba will never support, so it is a sign for the good luck, not to spend money for visiting elders and oba for settlement government. thefere the oba was very right

  • Kenny March 15, 2014 at 9:10 am

    What kinda question is that? What are you guys saying? An elderly man as Oba, old enough to be the father of GEJ & his entourage, kept GEJ waiting for 15mins only!. What is the big deal? Huh. . .

  • femi July 23, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    the oba of benin has been on that throne wen GEJ was still a small boy,again…Oba is not an ordinary post,some things has to be done spiritualy before seeing PDP menn broo

  • Ajala August 24, 2014 at 9:41 am

    It could’ve been more respesctful and breathtaking if the monarch had postponed the coming of the president because am very sure letter was sent or probably had conversations before coming to Benin. If all the high chiefs of Benin could be in the palace due to the coming of the President, I think that is enough conviction that the Oba knew he was coming. I see no reason why he should’nt welcome the President but I’ll still conclude on the Oba’s statement which quotes thus “it was as a result of the circumstances beyond his power” an Oba is an Oba, he has the final say but if not of personal, state or national grudge, I think the president is entitled to pronounced and colorful welcome from Solomon Akenzua “Oba Erediuawa” of Benin Kingdom.

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