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Killing, using women’s underwear for money ritual alien to Benin culture – Oba Ewuare II

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The Oba of Benin , Oba Ewuare II , has warned Nigerian youths to shun money rituals .
Oba Ewuare gave the warning on Sunday during a thanksgiving service at the Holy Aruosa Cathedral in Benin to round off the 2018 annual Igue festival celebrations .

He said youths who cling to the illusion that they could become wealthy by killing people or stealing female underwear for ritual purposes would no doubt face the consequence .

He added that the behaviour was abominable and alien to Benin customs and tradition .

The monarch interceded for Nigeria and her leaders and urged politicians and youths to shun acts that could undermine free , fair and credible elections in 2019 .

The Oba also warned politicians to desist from violence and other acts inimical to the electoral process .

He cautioned youths not to allow themselves to be used as political thugs to cause mayhem during elections.

He announced a N 2 m cash donation as welfare fund to assist children of indigent worshipers of Holy Aruosa Cathedral and the development of the church which was built in the 15 th Century .

The traditional ruler also announced a N 50 , 000 cash gift for the church choir in addition to the sum of N 100 , 000 donation to other departments of the church .

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In his message , the Chief Priest of Holy Aruosa Cathedral, Ohen- Osa Harrison Okao , congratulated the Oba, who was clad in a white royal apparel with a beaded cap and a pair of glasses .

He implored the congregation not to adulterate Benin culture and traditions .

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Oba was accompanied by his wives to the church service , which was conducted in Edo language .

Top palace functionaries including palace chiefs , priests and priestesses of different deities , members of the Benin royal family and dukes were also in attendance .

( NAN )

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