…By Dorcas Funmi for TDPel Media.
The Oba of Benin, Ewuare II, recently raised concerns about the stewardship of Clem Agba, the former Minister of State of Budget and National Planning.
During a visit to the palace, the monarch questioned Agba’s performance and expressed his gratitude for the minister’s support and role in his nomination from Edo State.
Agba Distances Himself from Articles Condemning the Monarch
Following the Oba’s inquiries, several individuals supporting Clem Agba responded to the monarch’s concerns through articles published in various newspapers.
However, Agba issued a statement to clarify that he had no knowledge of the individuals behind those articles and had not sponsored or commissioned any of them.
He emphasized his respect for the Oba and described him as his father.
Private Meeting with the Oba and Request to Cease Politicizing the Situation
Agba revealed that, unbeknownst to the public, he had a private meeting with the Oba after their initial interaction.
During this meeting, Agba addressed and clarified some of the issues raised by the monarch.
He advised those who were attempting to politicize the situation through articles and commentaries to stop their fruitless pursuit.
Agba reiterated his unwavering support and respect for the Oba, stating that he would not engage in any disagreements with His Royal Majesty.
He emphasized that the commentaries and articles circulating in response to the Oba’s questions were neither sought nor sponsored by him.
Agba expressed his preference for resolving issues privately and acknowledged the Oba as not only his father but also the father of all in Edo State.
Additionally, Agba revealed that the Oba had graciously granted him an opportunity to privately discuss and address the concerns raised, allowing him to provide clarifications and answers.
Agba took the opportunity to apologize for any misunderstandings regarding the budget provision for the storage of artifacts, clarifying that it was not his intention to cause any confusion.
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