Criticisms Against Obaseki Unjustifiable – Analyst


BENIN CITY – The criticisms and opposition against the second term bid of Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State come 2020, have been described as unfair, unjustifiable and misplaced.

  A Development Economist and Former Director
of the National Youth Service Corps, (NYSC), Dr. John Abhuere disclosed this in
a recent chat with The NIGERIAN OBSERVER in Benin City.

  Dr. Abhuere, who is currently the Director-General, Centre for Child Care and Youth Development, Abuja stressed that the developmental strides of Governor Obaseki within a space of about three years coupled with his foray in infrastructure, road rehabilitation and construction, his achievements in both health and education sectors were such that all stakeholders in Edo projects should encourage him to continue.

  While noting that the Governor’s challenge with
a few leaders of his political party which bothered on sharing state funds
meant for development was condemnable, he declared that the era of sharing
state funds with politicians to run a state aground were over, adding that Governor
Obaseki’s stance on using state funds for meaningful social-economic and
infrastructural development of the state has endeared him to the people of Edo
State.

  Dr. Abhuere explained that as an Edo man who
understands the peculiarity of Edo politics, he was quite optimistic that the
brand of treatment meted out to former Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode
will not work in Edo State given the wide-spread support and cooperation enjoyed
by Governor Obaseki from a greater percentage of Edo people.

  He advised politicians to be altruistic and
think of the greater good of the society rather than their selfish motives in
order to move the state forward, noting that Edo State needs to regain its
premier position in the comity of states in the federation under a performing Governor
as astute as Governor Godwin Obaseki.

  On the alarm raised by former President
Olusegun Obasanjo about the current administration’s plans to Islamic Nigeria
through the activities of Fulani herdsmen, Dr. Abhuere said the statement needs
to be investigated seriously by Nigerians, given Obasanjo’s standing in
society.

  According to the former NYSC Director, as a statesman, Obasanjo has access to a lot of information which ordinary Nigerians are not privy to, and so, Nigerians should not despise  the former President whom he said, may have been speaking from a position of authority.  

He, however, charged the present administration of President Buhari to do all within  its powers to reduce the killings and annihilation strategy orchestrated by Fulani herdsmen in the shortest possible time and to prove Obasanjo wrong on the Islamisation agenda of his administration.            



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