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‘Go and die!’ The governor said to the widow

UntitledThe words of the Governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomole to a widow who was found to have been illegally selling goods on the side of the road during a recent sanitation exercise in Benin City is nothing short of shocking and cold.

The desperate woman went on her knees to beg the governor, crying and begging him not to seize her little means of livelihood. But the governor rebuffed her pleas for compassion and told her instead: ‘You’re a widow, go and die.’

Really nice, Oshiomole. Really very nice. To think you were once a Labour leader. And presently an elected official.

Are these the kind of leaders we have? No compassion, no kindness? What a damn shame! See the video after the cut…

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  1. Disgust and irritation are very mild words for what i am feeling right now!

  2. Okey

     /  November 29, 2013

    Osho has goofed!! Go and die??? Why did he say that? Just lost all the love I had for that man. Wow!! Such insensitivity..

  3. john

     /  November 29, 2013


  4. Nonso Nnajide

     /  November 29, 2013

    She clearly wasn’t hawking. I think her offence was putting her stuff on the road, rather than on the sidewalk. But whatever it was, that was a terrible thing for an public officeholder to say.

  5. kachi

     /  November 29, 2013

    Insensitive and heartless of him? yeah! But the woman was also breaking the law, you judges shouldn’t forget that. Not that I support wha he did,not at all, but you should weigh from both sides before you strike the hammer

    • My dear, wнaт we’re criticizing is the governor’s blatant disregard for his citizen. He was cold, cruel aηd ruthless. The woman broke tнє law, yes, but whatever happened to tempering justice with mercy. Its not as though she stole millions from Nigeria aηd hoisted it off to a Swiss bank account.
      If its tнє layman, these leaders will know how to bring down tнє hammer of justice. If its one of them, not so much.

      • his only offence was telling her to go and die. I think that was totally uncalled for and cruel.
        However,I know everyone is trying to make ends meet but keeping to the law is important and every leader should enforce his law especially if its for the good of his state
        He should have just found a nicer way of seizing her goods

  6. Evan

     /  November 29, 2013

    Well he has apologised, so let’s crucify him no further. BTW, this his khaki uniforn sef, him don join NYSC ni?

  7. Yemie

     /  November 29, 2013

    You’d think that as a widower himself, he’d just try a little bit to understand the woman’s plight. Right, he’s a ‘politrician’, so the circumstances differs by plenty long shots. Activists remain activists as long as they don’t hold political offices, the moment dem enter politics hammer, old things are passed away, behold; all things have become new. Lol!

    No wahala sha, na temporary appointment. Perhaps when he’s done with his governorship duties, he’d retrace his steps and come back to activism. Na dat time we go begin hear ‘ Aluta continua, victoria accerta! Abi?

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