A former governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole, has described the former Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan as an Angel that was defeated at the polls even though he performed creditably well.
Oshiomhole, also a former national chair of the All Progressives Congress, APC, said that Jonathan set an exemplary legacy of putting through that historic call to congratulate the winner of the election, without waiting to be called upon to do so.
He stated that the patriotic act defused tension in Nigeria.
According to Oshiomhole, “the logic of multi-party democracy is that even an Angel can be defeated. You have set a standard that none of your successors can afford to go below.”
Oshiomhole, who spoke on Saturday, August 13, 2022 at the one-year memorial lecture in honour of the late Captain ‘Hosa Okunbo, in Abuja, confessed that even though the former President left good legacies, he (Oshiomhole) fought him out of office due to their differences in political interests.
“You (Jonathan) left legacies even though I had cause to fight you because it is politics. The legacy you have left, there is no successor who can afford to do less.
“Part of your (Jonathan) legacies was when you launched the almajiri school and your thought was that no Nigerian child should be left on the street and also appropriated special funds.
“These ideas are not new but what we lack is the will to transform them into practice. We never know who our friends are until when we are no more.
“No one is appreciated until he or she leaves office.”
Dr Goodluck Jonathan delivered the keynote address at the memorial summit entitled: “Lasting Legacy: The Key to Nigeria’s Devepment Issues?”
Olu of Warri, Ogiame Atuwase III, who was father of the day, spoke at the event on the theme of legacy, decrying what he referred to as the “Esau syndrome”.
He said the “Esau Syndrome” was eating the seeds we ought to sow because of lack of vision.
According to him, “In Nigeria today, you hear people say in reference to ideas that can transform our nation thongs like: ‘na that one we wan chop’ or ‘who that one help?'”
He said people’s attention was more on stomach infrastructure, a situation he condemned.
Ogiame Atuwase III took the opportunity of the occasion to commend former President Jonathan whom he described as an uncommon and quintessential Ijaw man, who walked away from the presidency after the 2015 electoral loss.
“Ijaw people have hot blood. ‘Dem no day gree’. You could have said so in that election; but you did noy; you simply walked away.”
All who spoke on the occasion described the late Captain Hosa Okunbo as a man with a large heart, the spirit of philanthropy and ardent love for the needy.
According to them, one of his legacies that would continue to endure was thbat he nurtured and mentored many to become responsible members of the society.
Jonathan, in particular, said Hosa Okunbo was hus friend and that he contributed a great deal to nation building in support of his administration.
He said there would be no meaningful development if there was no good government to encourage people to identify with government and governance.
According to him, Captain Hosa Okunbo left behind legacies, pointing out that he was open-handed and immensely generous.
He said he was a philantropist with live for today needy who nurtured many to become responsible members of the society.