Oshiomhole: Jonathan left enviable legacies behind despite criticisms

Oshiomhole: Jonathan left enviable legacies behind despite criticisms


The former governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole, has declared that Dr Goodluck Jonathan left enviable legacies behind during his tenure as President of Nigeria despite criticising his policies.

Oshiomhole said this at the one-year memorial lecture in honour of late business mongol, Captain Hosa Okunbo on Saturday in Abuja where he confessed attacking Honathan’s government.

While referencing Almajiri schools’ pet project by the ex-president which was meant to take out- of-school children from the streets in northern Nigeria, Oshiomhole, expressed regret that good leaders are never appreciated until they leave office

According to the former national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), “You (Jonathan) left legacies even though that I had cause to fight because it is politics. The legacy you have left, there is no successor who can afford to do less.

“But the logic of multi-party democracy is that even an angel can be defeated. You have set a standard that none of your successors can afford to go below.

“Part of your (Jonathan) legacies was when you launched the Almajiri schools and your thought was that no Nigerian child should be left on the street and also appropriated special funds.

“These ideas are not new but what we lack is the will to transform it to practice. We never know who are our friends until when we are no more.

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“No one is appreciated until he or she leaves office”, Oshiomhole said.

On his part, Olu of Warri, Ogiame Atuwase III, lamented the clamour for stomach infrastructure in Nigeria’s political culture and described the late Edo born billionaire as a man with a large heart, the spirit of philanthropy and ardent love for the downtrodden.

In a paper titled: ‘Lasting legacy: Key to Nigeria’s development issues’ on the occasion, Jonathan appealed to Nigerians to be circumspect in the exercise of their voting rights.

According to him, “We must shift away from the politics of bread and butter”, ahead of the general elections.

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