The Oba of Benin, Ewuare II, has urged traditional rulers in the state to fast and pray for peace ahead of the Edo governorship election in 2020.
The Oba gave the charge at the quarterly meeting of Edo Council of Traditional Rulers and Chiefs in Benin City, the Edo State capital on Saturday.
The monarch said the prayers and fasting should go along with offering of sacrifice to God and the ancestors.
Oba Ewuare, who is the chairman of the council, said that the call for prayers became necessary in view of the current political crisis in the state, a situation, which he stressed had “become a serious concern to everyone”.
The Oba said that he was sure that the state would be peaceful in spite of the current face-off among the political gladiators.