Thu. May 23rd, 2024

The Esogban of Benin, Chief David Edebiri,is dead.

The High Chief of Benin Kingdom died after a brief illness at a private hospital in Benin City, The Punch reported.

A family source confirm the death of High Chief David Edebiri Of Benin Kingdom Daily Trust report added that the monarch would have been 94 on September 2, 2023.

It was learnt that, Esogban’s last major outing was the March 18th governorship and State House of Assembly elections where he voted.

It was confirmed that Mr Edebiri had never missed any election since he cast his first vote in 1951 at the age of 22.
Confirming the sad development, a family source said that the monarch died at 12:20 pm on Thursday, July 20.

“He has not been too strong and we took him to the hospital a few days ago and he died this (Thursday) afternoon. The family will follow the protocols for the formal announcement to be made. “The Esogban who is next after the Iyase (Prime Minister) of Benin is often called the Odiownere of the Benin Kingdom,” The source added.

Chief Edebiri who was a journalist with Daily Times and a writer unveiled two books in 2022 titled, “Tripod of Life: Essence of Benin Tradition and Culture” and “The Life and Times of Iyase N’Ohenmwen” to mark his 93rd birthday where he said Nigeria derailed from the part of development when in 1979, the leaders adopted the American Presidential System of government which he said has not been practised as it should be.

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