From Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin
Former Military President, General Ibrahim Babangida (Rted) has scored Edo State governor, Adams Oshiomhole high for implementing his mandate to develop the State.
Also, former Governor of Lagos State, and national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu also chronicled the governor’s achievements which have impacted on the state positively beyond empty rhetorics.
Speaking at a Ceremony to mark the 70th Birthday of Chief Tom Ikimi, former Minister of Foreign Affairs, chaired by Babangida, the former Military President said: “I want to pay special homage to my Comrade Governor, Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole, who has been doing so much to transform Edo state.
“As a regular visitor to Edo State, I could feel and inhale the impact of good governance not only on the faces of the people but also on infrastructure. I saw several red roof schools on my way here. I saw well cultivated lawns, walk-ways and beautiful road networks. I saw expansions on roads that were hitherto narrow. In fact, the feeling of a transformed Edo State is palpable.
“I am not surprised that all these are happening in Edo State given the antecedents of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole. With courage and strong political will, coupled with the support of political leaders like Ikimi, it is understandable why the infrastructural architecture of Edo state has assumed this enviable height.”
The former President was not alone in his praise for the Edo Governor as former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, also praised Oshiomhole for concentrating on development rather than dancing Azonto in the face of developmental challenges.
He said: “we have heard so much about what you have done for Edo state. When we were coming in here, it was not about dancing azonto but it was real development.”
On Chief Tom Ikimi, Babangida said “celebrating Tom, to me, is a celebration of a man of humble beginning and of many parts; each part assuming a whole subject matter with anecdotes that explain his rich experience in politics, governance and foreign policy. His love for Nigeria, his country, is not in doubt. His commitment to national unity more often defines the rationale for his undertakings rather than any selfish consideration. He carries with him an élan that distinctively distinguished him as a man of class.”
In a remark, the chief host of the occasion, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, said that at this point in time in Nigeria’s history, we need leaders like Chief Tom Ikimi who are ready to stand for the country.
“We need leaders who are ready to pay the price so that our younger ones will inherit a country that is just, free and in which every citizen will have a basis for loyalty to our nation’’, he said.
Former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, former President of Ghana, Jerry Rawlings, former Vice president, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Minister of Works, Mike Onolemenmen, Senator Ben Obi, National leader of the APC, Chief Bisi Akande, Chief Audu Ogbe, Chief John Oyegun, Professor Osariemen Osunbor and Senator Chris Ngige.
Others include Dr Doyin Okupe , Senator Domingo Obende, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, Chief Gabriel Igbinedion, Rt Hon Uyi Igbe, Members of the National Assembly and a host of others were among the dignitaries present at the occasion.