The Oasis Reporters
September 18, 2020
The work in the National Peace Committee chaired by Nigeria’s former military head of State who midwifed the current democratic dispensation the nation is in, has not always been a smiling one. But it is always one full of relief in any election devoid of violence, acrimony and bitterness at the end when all the parties subscribe to the outcome.
In the run up to the crucial off season gubernatorial election in Edo State, right from touchdown in Benin City, former head of state General Abdulsami Abubakar and Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Hassan Kukah, both leaders of the peace delegation were smiling all through.
Observers perceived inner joy manifested in the two leaders who seemed at ease to be in the ancient city of Benin.
Here was one democratic State where things are working against the decrepit run of things that has given Nigeria a bad name.
“At least here is a state that is working”, according to Osaro Ogunbor, a public affairs commentator in Benin City.
When all the nation’s refineries are grounded, a brand new one is springing up in Edo State, owned by the people of Edo. A state government has the gumption to address the electricity deficit in the nation by building a power plant for his Edo people.
There’s a surge in agricultural output with modernized methods, working to increase output and industries are taking off leading to highly skilled Edo diaspora coming back home to invest.
These and many other indices of growth, development and democracy dividends were staring the high profile national leaders from the north in the face.
The joy of being in a state that is actually working rubbed off on Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar and Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah and it was evident that they were happy to be in the presence of Edo State Governor, Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki, the PDP governorship candidate in the September 19, election.