From Bamigbola Gbolagunte, Akure
Presidential candidate of Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, yesterday, said the decision of some Nigerians to keep quiet in the face of ongoing challenges has made things worse in the country.
He, however, singled out Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, for praise, saying he represents what Nigerians desired in leadership as he spoke truth at all times, irrespective of the consequences.
“I urge you to continue in that direction. You represent one of those things Nigerians desire; ability to speak the truth no matter the consequences. What is lacking in Nigeria is that we choose to keep quiet when things are going wrong. You have a man here who always speaks when things are going wrong, and I urge you to continue.”
The former Anambra State governor, who stated this during a condolence visit at Government House, Akure over the loss of his mother, commended Akeredolu for speaking up for his people at all times even as he supported his move to arm Amotekun Corps to protect and defend the state.
“Arm those special security people. Take every step to protect your people. It is important and it is your duty. I’m happy that you are speaking out always when necessary. May God Almighty continue to be with you and bless all of you.”
The LP presidential candidate condoled with the governor on the demise of his mother, Lady Evangelist Grace and prayed God to grant her eternal rest.
Governor Akeredolu thanked Obi and his entourage for the visit.
The Ondo governor who said what happened on June 5 at St. Francis’ Catholic Church, Owo was horrendous, described the incident as unexpected and uncommon, especially in the Southern part of the country.
On the death of his mother, he said she would be sorely missed even though she left at the ripe age of 90 years. He expressed joy that all her late mother’s children survived her and would be given a befitting burial.