May 4, 2016 – Benin Residents Can’t Do Burial Until Oba Erediauwa Is Buried, All Men Ordered To Shave Their Heads
The Benin Traditional Council has called on residents of Benin kingdom to bury their dead ones as all funeral rites would be prohibited from the date of the announcement of burial ceremonies (Emwinekhua) of late Oba Erediauwa.
Chief Sam Igbe, the Iyase of Benin Kingdom, who disclosed this in Benin on Wednesday said that the Emwinekhua would soon be announced.
Igbe also urged all residents to be law abiding and respect the custom and tradition of the people.
The Benin Traditional Council has warned that all male citizens of Benin Kingdom, both at home and in Diaspora, who fail to clean-shave the hair on their heads, in obedience to Benin traditional burial rite of the transited Monarch of the Kingdom, will face the wrath of the ancestors.
The Council gave the warning on Wednesday in Benin while announcing to journalists that the burial rites for the Oba of Benin, Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolopkolo, Oba Erediauwa, who recently joined his ancestors, would soon commence.
The Prime Minister and Iyase of Benin Kingdom, Chief Sam Igbe, who the Council, said while no one would be forced to comply with the directive, all male citizens of the Kingdom are expected to respect the custom and tradition of Benin Kingdom as they are expected to clean shave their heads with effect from 29th April, 2016.