Oba of Benin, His Royal Majesty, Omo N’Oba Ewuare II has expressed displeasure over negotiation by some groups and individuals using pseudo names to negotiate the recovery of stollen Benin artworks on behalf of the Palace.
The Monarch who was visibly angry and dissatisfied with the development, said the palace and entire Benin kingdom were not happy and as such would not fold their hands to see such abominable development unfolding.
Oba Ewuare made his feelings known when Dr Andreas Görgen, Director General of the Directorate of Culture and Communications of the German Embassy in Nigeria led a top German delegation on an assessment tour to his palace in Benin City, Edo State.
According to the Benin Monarch, the prestigeous Benin artifacts were largely looted from the Oba palace during the invasion of 1897 by the British and other foreign nations and as such should be returned to original owner, insisting that no third party must negotiate or recieve art objects unbehalf of the throne.
Oba Ewuare ascerted that the Benin artworks have deep spiritual, traditional and cultural significance to the kingdom, maintaining that when returned, would boost tourism sector in the state.
He reaffirmed that the palace will collaborate with relevant stakeholders including Oba Ewaure foundation and the government in the strongle to recover all the Benin looted artifacts from various countries.
The monarch described the proposed establishment of Edo Museum of West Africa Art by the palace as a mischievous handiwork of the third party who was not in any way commissioned by the throne to do such
He cleared the air that only the proposed Benin Royal Museum which would be cited at the royal ground will house the recovered artworks
Meanwhile, the Director General of the Directorate of Culture and Communications of the German Embassy Dr Andreas Görgen had told the monarch that the German government acknowledged some objects from Benin in her custody, pointing out that the German government is seeking ways with relevant stakeholders especially with the Oba Palace on how to return the Benin artworks.