Be magnanimous In Victory To Cool Passions – Obasanjo Urges Obaseki

… mourns Emir of Zazzau

Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has urged the governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, to be magnanimous in victory as it was charitable and would cool passions in the wider interest of the state and country.

Obasanjo disclosed that the success recorded by the governor at last weekend governorship election in the state, was a proof that the people of the State valued his leadership and appreciated the efforts made thus far on their behalf.

“I salute you and all those who worked for your re-election,” Obasanjo stated in a congratulatory letter, a copy which was made available to newsmen by his Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Akinyemi, on Monday.

The former President noted, “No doubt, that the outcome of the elections that have taken place so far broadly reflects the choice of the Nigerians who have, by their conduct, visibly demonstrated that they value our present democracy and will do their utmost to make it work.

“I urge you, therefore, to reciprocate their trust by doing everything you can to strengthen their faith in democracy and in its ability to bring about improved material conditions and better service delivery. I also count on your support of well-meaning Nigerians like me in our quest for national peace, stability and economic development and trust that you will play an active and visible role in our pursuit of these noble and desirable objectives.

“You have fought and won the elections and deserve to savour the victory despite all the odds and challenges posed by opposition. As you rejoice, however, I would urge that you should be magnanimous in victory and stretch a hand of fellowship to the other candidates who failed in their bid for the elected office.

“Such a gesture is not only charitable but should also help at this time to cool passions in the wider interest of the nation and your State. You are now, as before, Governor of Edo State and not Governor of only those who voted for you in Edo State.

“I felicitate with you, once again, on your renewed mandate and, as you prepare for another four years at the helm, I extend best wishes for your good health and the continued progress of Edo State under your able leadership.”

…mourns Emir of Zazzau

Meanwile, Chief Obasanjo has commesirated with the people and Emirate Council of Kaduna State, particularly Zaria, on the loss of His Royal Highness Alhaji (Dr.) Shehu Idris.

The highly revered monarch died on September 20, 2020 at 84.

In a condolence letter to Alhaji Ibraheem Bashar Ameenu, for and on behalf of the Family of the Late Emir of Zazzau, Obasanjo eulogized the late ruler as one of the most respected and respectable ruler, whose death was recieved with deep shock.

The letter, a copy which was made available to newsmen through Obasanjo’s Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Akinyemi on Monday, quoted him as saying: “His style of leadership which was characterized by fairness to all, objectivity, moderation and a burning commitment to the development of his Emirate and the nation at large, had impacted most positively on the polity.

“He was one of the most admirable apostles of inter-ethnic understanding and cohesion; inter-religious accommodation and tolerance and inter-cultural co-operation. The contemporary metropolitan colouration of his Emirate, without compromising our indigenous traditions and culture, was visible proof of his eventful reign thus far.

“I had occasion to call on him when I was the President to mediate on the Plateau issue of farmers and herdsmen.

“Indeed, the Emir will long be remembered for his peaceful reign during which several manifestations of physical and human development were recorded in the Emirate. His vigorous promotion of the educational development of his subjects as well as his vast knowledge of traditional administrative lore and culture will be greatly missed.

“Little wonder that only four years on the throne way back in 1979, he was deservedly considered for and honoured with the nation’s third most distinguished national honour, Commander of the Federal Republic, CFR.

“I pray that the Almighty will grant him eternal rest, give you and his people the courage to bear the heavy loss and provide a worthy successor to the late Emir.”

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