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*Boko Haram: Obi Wipes Tears Off 14 Widows; Ngige Commends Him
Gov. Peter Obi has wiped away the tears of 14 widows whose husbands were murdered by suspected Boko Haram group in Mubi, Adamawa State by redeeming his promise to pay them 1 Million Naira each. Obi presented the cheques to them yesterday after church service at St Andrew’s Catholic Church, Adazi-Nnukwu where he counseled against people trying to make political gains out of the situation.
Speaking at the presentation, Obi who was accompanied by his wife, Margaret Obi and member representing Adazi nnukwu at the Federal House, Hon. Uche Ekwunife said that the Adamawa State Government also promised to pay compensation. He called on the people of the State to remember the dead in prayers and assist their families in any way possible to live on. He thanked the people of Adazi-Nnukwu for remaining calm and counseled against revenge of any sort saying that vengeance is Gods.
Earlier, the President General of Adazi-Nnukwu, Mr. Ben Enemouh said that Gov. Obi had remained the best Governor since Anambra State was created in terms of building of infrastructure and show of compassion to the people of the State. Reeling out the list of projects the Governor has done in Adazi-Nnukwu, including roads, buses for their schools, control of erosion, computers and internet for the schools in the town, the massive work at St Joseph hospital Adazi, he said that his present efforts and love for those that were killed at Adamawa were humbling and touching. He said that what was uplifting was that he rendered all the assistances without shouting it from the rooftops unlike others whose only concern was only to gain political advantages over the situation. ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: Wife of Anambra State Governor, Mrs Margaret Peter-Obi handing over a cheque of 1 Million Naira to one of the widows of the victim of Boko Haram in Adamawa State, Mrs. Perpetua Mgbemena at St Andrew’s Catholic Church Adazi-Nnukwu yesterday. . On her left are Gov. Obi and Hon. Uche Ekwunife.
In his own remarks, Rev. Fr. Dr. Jonas Benson Okoye said that Obi was a special gift to the State from God. In his words: “His diplomacy is wonderful. I interacted with him throughout the period of agony for my town and other towns in the State and I can tell you that we have a Governor who is humane and godly. He does not want it to be mentioned but I wish to go contrary to his wishes with apologies to him to tell the people of Adazi-Nnukwu and the world that he paid all the expenses for the dead, both bringing them back and burying them. He has today given them money and had already requested us to bring the names of the children of the dead for their scholarship to start running immediately.”
Speaking at the event, Dr. Chris Ngige thanked the Governor for his show of compassion, saying that politics or no politics, whoever is doing good should be commended. He said Obi was doing what he was elected to do and that in Obi’s shoes he, Ngige, would do the same.
In his vote of thanks, Prof. Ken Nworgu, the Dean, Faculty of Law of Nnamdi Azikiwe University said that Obi has continued to bring glory to Anambra State. His words: “Before him, Anambra was a laughing stock, today he has elevated the State to a frontline State in all ramifications. He has re-written constitutional law in this country, with his being the first Governor to remove a sitting Governor, to come back from impeachment and to successfully go for tenure interpretation. He said if the country had about 3 or 4 other Governors of the same moral credibility as Obi that Nigeria would have been transformed. He thanked him for all the things he has been doing in Anambra State of which his town, Adazi- Nnukwu is a beneficiary.
In her reactions one of the widows, Mrs Eugenia Okpala said he was short of words for the Governor’s gestures. She said she had heard so much about how good and compassionate the Governor was to those who needed it and how hostile he was to those who wanted to steal from the State and that she witnessed it herself today.
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