The Oba of Benin, Omo N’Oba N’Edo Ewuare II, has criticized the former Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Clem Agba, for not adequately representing the interests of Edo State during his time in office. The monarch expressed disappointment that Agba, who hails from Edo State, did not extend the benefits of his position to the people of the state.
The Oba acknowledged that he had intervened to help Agba secure his appointment as a minister under the previous administration of President Muhammadu Buhari. However, he noted that throughout Agba’s tenure, there were only a few interactions between them, and he questioned whether any Edo indigenes had benefitted from Agba’s position.
While refraining from disclosing certain matters, the Oba emphasized that he had expected more from Agba considering the support he had provided. He urged anyone who had benefited from Agba’s tenure to express gratitude to him.
In response, Agba expressed gratitude to the Oba for his love for Edo State and Nigeria. He commended the Oba’s prayers for the country, particularly his efforts to prevent its disintegration. Agba acknowledged the Oba’s assistance in securing his appointment and expressed appreciation for the opportunity to serve as a minister.
He also recalled the Oba’s prayers for peace in the country following the elections and praised the fact that the anticipated unrest did not occur. Agba highlighted the Oba’s letter to President Buhari, which led to Edo State having two ministers in the cabinet.
The meeting between Agba and the Oba of Benin took place as a gesture of gratitude from Agba and his companions towards the monarch.