Benin Traditional Council suspends chief priest, Isekhure

By Tony Ehighiale, Benin

The Benin Traditional Council has suspended Chief Nosakhare Isekhure from performing the duties of the Isekhure title.

Isekhure of Benin is a member of the Ihogbe Palace Society under the leadership of Ihama of Benin Kingdom.

The present responsibilities of the Isekhure were part of the traditional duties of the Ihama.

Announcing the suspension of Chief Nosakhare, Chief Sam Igbe, the Iyase of Benin, said the title of Isekhure has been desecrated.

Chief Igbe said Chief Nosakhare pronounced himself Head of the Royal Family and designated his residence as a palace where cases already dealt with in the Oba’s Palace are reviewed.

He stated that Chief Nosakhare also boasted that neither the Emwinekhua (funeral rites of Oba Erediuawa) and consequent coronation would not hold without him.

According to him, “During Emwinekhua, he neglected and deliberately refused to perform his traditional duties before, during and after the event. He has since remain unrepentant.

“We cannot believe that anyone, any Benin individual who knows what the motivating Benin cultures and tradition are and have worn the toga of a Benin Chief could do what Isekhure did in these past two years.

“The disconnect has become actual and natural. Those duties of Isekhure will now be reverted to the Ihama N’ Ihogbe.”

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