This is the official blog of the Nigeria-based Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), a human rights organization which promotes, protects and projects the rights of Muslims. This group condemns terrorism and all acts of violence. Its motto is 'Dialogue, Not Violence'
Sunday, November 20, 2016
OSHIOMOLE’S N200M MANSION: A MISPLACED PRIORITY
20th November, 2016
OSHIOMOLE’S N200M MANSION: A MISPLACED
The Edo State House of Assesmbly last week voted a
N200 million mansion for the immediate past governor of the state, Comrade
While the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) acknowledges the
contributions of former governor Adams Oshiomole, we frown at the sycophant
note in the state Assembly’s decision to give him a N200 million mansion as a
When will Nigerian
politicians get it right? Why must the occupation of public office attract the
accumulation of wealth? Coming from a labour background, even Comrade Oshiomole
himself was never known to be materialistic. Neither did he manifest any love
for pomp and pageantry while in office. Must the honourable members coax him
into their club of politicians who have ‘arrived’?
A nation in recession
cannot afford such luxury. Can the Benin lawmakers tell us that the ex-governor
has no house of his own? Has he been sleeping on the streets since he left
government house? We commend the governor for not owing workers salaries but can
the legislators beat their chests and tell us that Edo State is not owing
arrears of pensions?
Has Edo State settled the 42 months arrears of pensions? Do
the lawmakers know what it means to retire and get nothing at the end of the
month for three and a half years? It means many retired civil servants and
teachers are dropping dead on the streets of Benin. Must the lawmakers give the
former governor a mansion haunted by the ghosts of pensioners?
MURIC advises the
honourable members of the Edo State House of Assembly to spend the N200 million
earmarked for the former governor’s house on paying pensioners’ arrears.
Oshiomole is not a
poor man by any standard. Neither can he be homeless at this point in time. The
good news is that Abuja is very keen on drafting him into the Federal Executive
Council. He has performed well. Let us not smear his good name with wrongful possessions.
Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)