Presidency oppressing opposition governors –Oshiomhole


Edo State Governor Adams Oshiomhole yesterday accused the Federal Government of oppressing the opposition governors.

Oshiomhole spoke at the Government House while receiving a team of visiting top Muslim clerics and Imams.
Oshiomhole commended the Imams for demonstrating an uncommon courage to speak the truth to those in the corridors of power without fear.

He said it was lamentable that men who occupy high political positions and who go to church on Sundays to receive Holy Communion or to mosque on Fridays to shout Allahu Akbar return and turn the truth upside down because of the political exigencies of the moment in fear of man rather than God.

The governor said: “If governors can be oppressed, you Imams cannot only be oppressed but suppressed. If you uphold the truth, you should speak that truth to power. When people use power to oppress and suppress, they are playing God and they shall come to judgement before God.

“I am convinced that all of us should only be afraid of the fear of God and not the fear of man because man is a traveller on this planet. We have birth and death days. I agree with you absolutely.

“My union training taught me that an injury to one is an injury to all and that when one is attacked, all are under attack and that only the fool will think that (because) it is not yet his turn, therefore, he should look away.
“In Rivers State, it is clear that one side behaved irresponsibly and it is that side that should be called to order and they are rightly identified as the five men who chose to assume to be more than 27 men.

 “If men are afraid of the truth, God will uphold the truth and that is what keeps some of us going. I am fortified by the determination to stand by the truth: whether it is sweet or bitter.”

Led by the Chief Imam of Benin, who is also the Chairman, League of Imams in Edo State, Mallam Abdul-Fattah Enabulele, the clerics commended the governor for opposing same sex marriage even in the face of pressure from some European Union countries and the United States of America.

They also expressed support for the recent execution of three condemned criminals after their death warrants had been signed by the governor, stressing that it was in accordance with the laws of God.

In his statement during the visit, Enabulele commended Oshiomhole for abiding by the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic and his efforts to uphold and support the African value system.

The Imams said: “Recently, when the governor signed the warrant for four convicted criminals in the state, there were criticisms from some quarters. We, the League of Imams, took a look at the gravity of the crime which they committed that warranted such. After carefully studying the briefing of the Commissioner for Justice and Attorney-General of Edo State on the issue, we were satisfied that Edo State government has done the right thing at the right time.

“Even the Almighty God will not be happy if the governor had not signed the death warrant. Apart from the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Holy Books – the Bible and Glorious Quran – support that those who kill by the sword shall die by the sword. “Those criticising your action should study the constitution properly and seriously evaluate the seriousness of the crime committed by these fellows. It was a grievous crime committed against innocent souls, nobody has the right to take another person’s soul,” they stated.

The Imams also took a swipe at the Presidency for recognising and openly courting Plateau State Governor Jonah Jang’s faction of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum even when it garnered 16 votes against the 19 votes cast for Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State.

They also criticised the Presidency for recognising a factional Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon. Bipi, who emerged Speaker with the support of only five lawmakers out of the 32-member legislative chamber.

The Imams said: “When the good people refuse to do something, evil people will continue to prosper in that environment. The latest drama in Rivers State is not an issue one should shy away from. It is not only a slap and shame on our democracy, it is a civilian coup d’état that is treasonable in nature.

“An attack on the state governor, who is the authentic chairman of the forum, is an attack on all state governors,” they claimed.

via National mirror
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