From Ighomuaye Lucky, Benin
Former Edo State governorship candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) in the 2020 governorship election, Mrs. Mabel Oboh, yesterday, said the conferment of the national award of Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic (CFR) on the Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, was an honour well deserved.
She gave the commendation while speaking with newsmen in Benin City. The former governorship candidate said it would go down in the history of the country that the Benin monarch was among the few traditional rulers who put smiles on the faces of Nigerians during the most trying times of the country.
Mrs. Oboh, who is the current National Director of Diversity and Inclusion of the party, noted that the Oba of Benin, due to his fatherly love, during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, donated foodstuffs to the citizens of the state to cushion their sufferings.
“When there was a total lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic in the country, you rose to the challenge. You gave palliatives to the citizens of the state to cushion the adverse effects of COVID-19 on them.
“The food items you donated to every home in Edo State were highly received with joy. You did that out of your fatherly love,” she said.
Oboh said the Oba, through various measures, made the issues of Community Development Association (CDA) that had hitherto hindered development a thing of the past in the state.
According to Oboh, citizens of the state can now buy the lands and build on them without having to worry if they would be resold to multiple buyers.
She further commended President Muhammadu Buhari for rewarding excellence and those who had contributed to the development of the country and to the development of humanity.