The Oba of Benin made the call on Saturday at a reception and Cultural display held in his honour by Edo indigenes resident in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
“We appeal to South African Government to do its best to stamp out hostility toward Nigerians as the country played a great role in the fight against apartheid, so that Nigerians can live in peace in their country.
The Oba whose subjects are flooding South African countries and Europe, expressed sadness that Nigerians were constantly being treated with hostility and aggression in South Africa in spite of the assistance rendered to free the country from apartheid.
“Nigerians should be allowed to reap what they sowed in other African countries.’’ He said that Nigeria contributed a lot in the struggle to free South Africa from Apartheid.
he also admonished the residents of Edo tribe in Abuja. “I want you to please uphold your culture very high, hold our value system seriously and do not let anybody destroy it because that is the identity we have.
“Anywhere you go, their culture is very important to them, so let us not import other people’s culture from foreign land to supersede our own. That is why I try to encourage the use of indigenous language in the home.
“That is why I also want to encourage the re-introduction of Edo language in schools and it is worrisome that history is not taught in our schools.’’
He urged Edo indigenes in Abuja to do their best to uphold the unity of the country.
The Edo monarch thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for receiving him at the Vila and also for the support he accorded him during and after his coronation.
The Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki said that the position of the Omo N’ Oba N’ Edo Uku Akpolokpolo Oba Ewuare II was sacrosanct.