Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has charged Nigerian leaders to build on the progressive policy and vision of the late Sardauna of Sokoto, Sir Ahmadu Bello in order to build a virile, united and indivisible Nigeria.
Governor Oshiomhole gave the charge when he received the chairman and members of the Sir Ahmadu Bello Foundation who were in Government House to donate relief materials to flood displaced persons in the state.
According to Oshiomhole, “what your foundation has done in several ways will help to remind us across the length and breadth of Nigeria that we are indeed one and the same. It is moments like this that you know who are your brothers and your sisters”.
Paying tribute to the late Premier of Northern Nigeria, the Governor said he is a beneficiary of the uncommon vision of Sir Ahmadu Bello who laid foundation that Nigerians should live in peace without any form of discrimination whether by reference to tribe, religion or ethnicity.
“He believed rightly too that Nigeria should add value and not export primary commodity. He had a credible vision that Nigerians should set up industries to create employment. I am happy that the foundation is giving practical expression to his teachings and life styles,” Oshiomhole said.
“This kind gesture in such a time that Nigerians are confused about their future, by going round, you are rebuilding bridges and reminding us that we need each other and our unity is not negotiable,” he added.
Oshiomhole assured the team that, “we would ensure that the items are distributed to those who are affected in the various camps across the three local government areas”.
“Let me also say that in future if you are doing anything around his memorial I will like to be invited and make my contributions,” he said.
Earlier, the leader of the delegation and chairman advisory council of the foundation, Justice Mamman Nasir said they were in the state to show affection to those affected by the flood.
According to him, “we have come to specifically identify with the misfortune that affected our brothers and sisters in the state. In many states a lot of damage was done to our brothers and sisters and we have a duty to come to their aid”.
Justice Nasir who noted that the foundation is in honour of the late premier of the Northern Nigeria, Sir Ahamdu Bello, said it was expected to follow the teachings and footprint of the late Premier.
He commended the leadership quality of Governor Adams Oshiomhole adding “I was told when this happened, you took the trouble to go round to console and assure the people”.