The Oba of Benin, Ewuare II, has dissociated himself from a viral video insulting President Muhammadu Buhari and former APC National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.
A Tuesday statement from the palace described the video, anchored by one Eranomigho Edegbe, as fake news.
It added that the video did not have the authority of the revered traditional ruler.
The statement signed by Secretary to the Benin Traditional Council (BTC), Frank Irabor, said Oba Square II continues to maintain a cordial relationship with President Buhari, Comrade Oshiomhole and Captain Hosa Okunbo, who was also attacked in the video.
Irabor said the palace would not only continue to pray for the well being of the president, but continue to pray for the success of his administration.
“For the purpose of clarification, and to set the record straight, Oba of Benin wish to make it categorically and irrevocably clear that the said video and the contents therein were not commissioned nor encouraged by the Oba.
“We condemn in the strongest terms the malicious attacks on the integrity of the president and other persons whom the video seek to malign.
“We wish to state unequivocally that our love for the president is unparalleled as the relationship dated back to days of the late Oba Erediauwa, the immediate past Oba of Benin, which has been extended to the present monarch.
“We also wish to state that Oshiomhole has always respected not just the traditional institutions in Edo, but also the palace of the Oba of Benin. Okunbo is illustrious son of the palace, thus, there can be nothing but goodwill and positive prayers for this distinguished son of Benin kingdom,” the statement read in part.