His Royal Majesty, Oba Ewuare II, the Oba of Benin, has expressed concern over the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
The Monarch demanded a cease-fire from the warring nations in the name of international peace and security when the Turkish Ambassador to Nigeria, Hidayet Bayraktar, paid him a courtesy call at his palace in Benin City, Edo State.
Oba Ewuare informed his visitor that he has been praying to God and his ancestors to put an end to the war and soothe the suffering of the people in a time of uncertainty, solidarity, and hope.
He however commended the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, for creating a corridor for humanitarian aid services.
“We are praying that Russia and Ukraine conflict come to an end as quickly as possible, for the sake of peace and development of the world. We pray that it doesn’t escalate.
“We are also aware of the role your President played between Ukraine and the Russia State…. You sent much needed grains to Africa, and we say on behalf of Nigerian people and Africans, thank you,” Oba Ewuare said.
In his remark, the Turkish Ambassador, Hidayet Bayraktar, noted that “part of the reasons why we came today is on a fact-finding mission to visit the States in Nigeria and to explore economic opportunities for Turkey and Nigeria.”
He discribed his journey as very complex, but fruitful mission