We’re Proud of Your Achievements, Sultan Tells Oshiomhole

The Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, has commended Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, for his visible infrastructural development in the state.
Speaking during a visit to the Governor in Benin City, Friday, the Sultan who is also President-General, Nigerian Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs, said the changes he saw can in the state only come from someone committed to changing the lives of people.
The Sultan, who led members of the Supreme Council including the Otaru of Auchi, Alhaji Aliru Momoh, Ikelebe III on the visit said: “We have seen tremendous changes from the Edo we used to know or the Benin City we used to know when we were young officers of the Nigerian Army, especially the famous Lagos road.
“We have seen some changes and we believe such changes can only come from people who are committed to making the lives of people better.
“We, therefore, want to commend the Governor and urge you to continue helping the state in particular and the larger society in this country after you leave office in the next few months.”
He continued: “We are very proud of your activities here and your achievements in the last eight years. We call on whoever God chooses to replace you to continue to build on the legacies you are leaving behind. Whoever that person is, only God knows. There are so many contenders but only one will occupy this seat, and there is nothing anybody can do about it. God knows who is going to be here. We don’t know.”
His Eminence said: “Please carry out your campaigns in peace and harmony. Of course, issue-related campaigns because everything is on the ground. So, whatever anybody is going to be is on the ground. You will see it. You will see achievements; come and match such achievements; then convince people. Don’t confuse people. Convince them to vote for you. So, I wish you the best of campaigns. I wish you all the best during elections, and I wish Edo State a more peaceful and stress-free election, and pray to God to elect a good leader who will continue to work for this state, who will love this state more than he will love himself or more than how the Comrade Governor loved this state when he assumed office.”
According to him, “We are delighted about the comments the Governor made some few days ago, about the minimum wage and payment of salaries, and that is one of the things that has been bringing so many criminal activities. Workers are not paid, and they have families; they can’t go to the market to buy anything because there is no money, and there is hunger. And as we know, a hungry man is an angry man. So, we know all the problems in the country. So as leaders, let’s put our heads together and see how we can resolve them.”
Responding, Governor Oshiomhole who described the Sultan of Sokoto as a bridge-builder said, “Your Eminence, I cannot explain how humble we feel to be able to play host to your Eminence and all the highly respected religious leaders, traditional rulers and Islamic scholars from across the country on the auspices of the Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs.
“On behalf of the government and people of Edo State, I would like to welcome you most warmly to our great city, to our great State which everybody accepts is the heartbeat of the Nigeria nation. You have honoured us in so many ways, not just by the number of visits you have paid to our great state, but on each occasion, we have been privileged to listen to you and to learn so many things from your statements and advice on a variety of issues beyond religion, but issues that also have to do with nation building, ” Oshiomhole said.

Author: News Editor

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