“When the righteous come to throne, the people rejoice” is a popular saying from the Holy book-the Bible. Initially, it came as a speculation that the new Oba of Benin was deeply concerned over the activities of land speculators and Community Development Associations and was prepared to end the travails of land developers and investors in the state.
The associations which composed mainly of youths are well known to use all unconventional means and brute force to ply their trade as they intimidate, harass and extort developers in Edo State. True to the speculations, Oba Ewuare 11 of Benin started his reign on a very positive note with the outlawing of activities of land speculation carried out by the various Community Development Associations (CDA) in Benin Kingdom.
With his pronouncement, all activities of CDA Chairmen and Youth Chairmen ceased to exist, including collection of development fees, sales and marketing of community land. The directive was handed down during a homily delivered by the Priest of Holy Aruosa Cathedral, Benin, Ohenosa Harrison Okao, at the thanksgiving service by Oba Ewuare II as part of activities marking his coronation as the 40th Oba of Benin Kingdom. This was welcomed by all and sundry in Edo State and beyond, Thousands of residents poured into the streets rejoicing and praising the Oba. Oba Gha to kpere! Ise.
It would be recalled that activities of youths as land speculators had been a source of worry to inhabitants of Benin City in the past. They were involved in community land grabbing and ceased powers from the Enigies who held the land in trust for the Oba as traditionally, all land in the kingdom belongs to the Oba. Obanya oto