Arch-Bishop of Benin Diocese, Bishop Augustine Obiora Akubeze, has told outgoing Governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, to live up to his words not to interfere in the administration of his successor, Mr Godwin Obaseki.
Bishop Akubeze said the people of the state do not want a divided state where political leaders are constantly fighting themselves.
Akubeze spoke last night at a special thanksgiving mass to mark the end of Governor Oshiomhole’s tenure.
He urged Oshiomhole to be active politically as he (Oshiomhole) still has a lot to offer the country.
Bishop Akubeze told Oshiomhole to continue to fight for the poor and forgive those that offended his administration.
Apparently referring to the deposition of the Ojuromi of Uromi, Zaiki Edenojie II, the Catholic Priest noted that power ‘is most efficiently used to forgive than to impose sanction.’
He said Nigerians must continue to fight corruption with good conviction so as not to depeened the gap between the rich and the poor.
His words: “We are suffering because those who God has blessed, refuse to spread the wealth. If blessings of God are well distributed, there will be less suffering”
Bishop Akubeze advised Obaseki not to try to be like Oshiomhole but to do things his own way because his loyalty is to the people.
Akubeze urged Obaskei to increase private sector investment in the state as well as create employment.
He also urged Obaseki to resist the temptation of working only in areas where he won elections.