I have been following this story and also some of you AML people brought my attention to it as well. It is sad to see how Governor Oshiomhole treated the widow. “You are a widow, go and die.” Wow!
Sadly, he reflects what routinely goes on in our society when it comes to the ill-treatment of our women and children.
However, it is good to see the power of social media and that of his family, which forced him to re-evaluate his actions and beg for forgiveness, and make things right.
By the way, in another news, in October of this year, the Governor signed a death penalty law for kidnappers. What’s interesting about the bill is that it applies to all kinds of kidnappings whether death is involved or not. Maybe by criminal defense background is just kicking in but death penalty for crimes that do not involve death is very harsh. Read more about that news here.
Watch the videos below:
This video shows Governor Adams Oshiomhole ostensibly leading officials of the state to sanitize the city of Benin, the Edo State capital. In the course of his tour of duty, he came across a widow roadside hawker.
The poor widow knelt before the imperial governor, a former labour leader, begging for her little means of livelihood to be saved. She pleaded that she’s widow. But her pleas fell on the governor’s deaf ear. In what could be regarded as the most unkindest cut of all, the governor said the widowed woman should “go and die”!
Governor Adams Oshiomhole Monday, December 2, offered employment to the widow he upbraided, penultimate week, for blocking the major Mission road with her wares. The Governor also gave her a N2m cash gift to enable her open a shop for trading. The Governor who told her that what he said was said in a fit of anger told the widow, “I am really sorry.”
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