.Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State receives the Emir of Kano, His Highness, Muhammad Sanusi II, Sarkin Kano, during the Emir’s visit to the Governor in Benin City on Wednesday. –
The Emir of Kano, His Highness, Muhammad Sanusi II has expressed satisfaction with the performance of Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State, saying the Governor is doing well.
Speaking during a courtesy visit to the Governor in Government House, the Emir said “I am happy to see that the governor is doing well.”
According to him, “I have been following some of your recent comments on the minimum wage”, adding that the Governor has remained consistent to the ideals for which he is known.
He said “I am here this time on the occasion of the honour done to me by the President and the Federal Government of Nigeria in appointing me the Chancellor of the great University of Benin.
“Your Excellency, for me, it is a matter of deep pride to be associated with this city and this state and this particular university and I can assure you that we will do our very best to ensure that we bring as much development as we can and to further strengthen the excellent relationship between the people of Kano and the people of Edo.”
In his response, Governor Oshiomhole said he was honoured to receive the Emir at the Government House.
“As the Governor of this state, I still have very fond memories of your last visit to Edo State then as the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria and some of your products, your resourcefulness, some of your initiatives in the area of empowerment of rural people, providing micro-credits, supporting small scale and promoting the spirit of entrepreneurship at small and medium scale level are products that we are still trying to benefit from and each time people benefit from each of those products, we cannot but remember the very laudable legacies that your highness left behind as the CBN Governor.
He said: “I want to thank you for your support, thank you for your kind words and thank you for your prayers. We also want to congratulate your highness on your richly deserved appointment as the Chancellor of the University of Benin which we are all proud to describe as UNIBEST and I am sure under your leadership, it would witness even more growth and development and Edo as a community will continue to benefit from the activities of the university.
“I thank the President for his wise judgment in identifying you as the next Chancellor of the university. I know that everybody in the University of Benin is excited about your appointment for several reasons.
“Sir you are a Royal Father with an outstanding difference and when you speak, Nigerians listen and you have inspired many of us to find courage and not to allow the seeming comfort of our privileged positions to weaken our commitment to speak truth to power even if power is deaf and that truth can stand on its own, popular or not popular and that even privileged people should be ready to damn the consequences if that is what it will take to tell the truth so that our country survives.
“Each time you make those extremely informed commentaries on the state of the economy, not because you can’t afford to be quiet, many of us are encouraged to key in and to play our part and to encourage everyone to play his part in ensuring that we have an active citizenry that will ensure that government is accountable.
“And that policies are informed by public welfare and to know the difference between when we should take hard decisions and when we should soften, provided that the ultimate objective is to ensure that the interest of the ordinary Nigerian is protected and that our national economy is the better for it.”