By Osahon Osahon
Edo State governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, says there was need for today generation of politicians in Nigeria to emulate the leadership style of former Bendel State governor, Chief Samuel Osaigbovo Ogbemudia anchored on selfless service to the people.
Obaseki said politicians particularly political office holders should seek to leave legacies that will outlived them rather than allowing themselves to be carried away by the affluence for their present positions.
The governor spoke in Benin on Thursday during the swearing-in ceremony of over 200 newly appointed Senior Special Assistants and Special Assistants into his government.
He, however, charged the appointees to avoid taking sides with “oppressors,” noting that the State does not belong to a few individuals.
Governor Obaseki urged the appointees not to sabotage the effort of his government, but to uphold the ethical standard which his government is proud of, and to do justice to all manner of people.
“Edo State cannot be restricted to just a few people. So, ur appeal to you is to represent us well. Please, I am begging you, serve your people, uphold justice and never take side with the oppressors.
“Once again, I charge you to uphold the ethical standard which this government is proud of.
“The late Brig.-Gen. Osaigbovo Ogbemudia (rted) did not die as a multi millionaire. He is being remembered today, not because of his riches, but because of his service to our people in the defunct Bendel State, now Edo and Delta States. This is the kind of culture that we are trying to introduce to the people of Edo State.
“You must feel the pulse of the people. Our aim is to penetrate into the grassroots and deliver the dividend of good governance to our people.
“I want you to go to your various communities and liaise with your leaders and define the programmes and governance in this state,” he said.