The first year coronation anniversary of the Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II has been celebrated with the hosting of an inter-religious service, which drew the attention of all sons and daughters of Edo State.
The event became a platform on which the monarch made a call on religious leaders to continue with prayers for peace and development in the state and the nation at large.
Among the ministers of the word who officiated the services were the state Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Bishop Oyonnude Kure, Chief Imam of Benin, Alhaji Fatai Enabulele, General Superintendent and President, Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Rev. Felix Omobude, General Superintendent, Christ Apostolic Church Most Senior Apostle Joshua Osasuyi, and Archbishop, Church of God Mission International, Rt. Rev. Margaret Benson-Idahosa and a host of others.
Oba Ewuare Ii emphasized the urgent need for continual prayers, adding that: “It is only through prayers that we can build an everlasting partnership with God and God never abandons anybody that prays hard. We must not relent in our prayers for the peace and progress of our state and nation. And we must open our hearts to God so that he gives us what pleases Him and not what pleases us as humans.”
The Edo monarch commended the efforts of religious leaders for their prayers since his assumption of the throne while stressing that the interdenominational service was special to him and begged God and the ancestors not to relent in blessing the ministers in the country.
Bishop Kure appreciated the monarch for banning Community Development Associations in the state owing to the discomfort they brought to their locality.
He then offered prayers to God for continued protection of the monarch and his kingdom and for accelerated growth.