The Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo has revealed why and the English Monarch reneged on an earlier agreement to return the Oldest Bible in Nigeria, to the United Kingdom for rebinding and archival restoration.
Oba Adedotun Gbadebo told the visiting Oba of Benin, at the Ake Palace on Wednesday 23 February, 2022 during the latter’s inspection of the almost two century old Holy Book, that the current British Monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, had asked Egbaland to return the Old Bible for refurbishment, to which the Egba did not object.
The Bible had been given to Egbaland by King Edward IV of England, was burnt during a fire incident at the Cathedral of Saint Peter, Ake Abeokuta and was replaced in 1926.
The Alake further revealed that the Egba genuinely felt skeptical that the British might not want to return the Great Artifact to Egbaland, bearing in mind that the British antecedents of forceful taking away Artifacts from some parts of Nigeria, including Benin Kingdom, and had not returned them.
According to the Egba Apex Monarch, Egba therefore place alien of £100,000.00 Insurance on the Holy Bible, to ensure that the British would keep to their words.
Oba Adedotun Gbadebo said that the Egba’s fear was proved to be appropriate and rightly anticipatory, when the British reneged and repudiated an almost concluded agreement.
The Alake concluded that if Egba did not take proactive steps, the Oldest Bible in Nigeria might have been one of the Artifacts which Nigeria would be begging the British to return