Don’t smear your good name with N200 million mansion, MURIC tells Oshiomhole

Adams Oshiomhole, Edo State Governor
Adams Oshiomhole, Edo State Governor

A rights group, Muslims Rights Concern, has advised a former governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole, not to destroy his legacies by accepting the N200 million mansion approved for him by the state assembly.

In a statement by its Executive Director, Ishaq Akintola, MURIC advised Mr. Oshiomhole to reject the mansion.

The group said, “The Edo State House of Assesmbly last week voted a N200 million mansion for the immediate past governor of the state, Comrade Adams Oshiomole.

“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 parting gift.

“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.”


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  • Olu from South Africa

    This is insightful. A word is enough for the wise.

  • Mama Kay

    Thank you for coming out to say the obvious truth.

  • Patriot

    Thank you MURIC, but the obvious truth is that this house we are talking about is a constitutional right of all former governors and deputies. People before him have taken theirs, and other governors from all other states in Nigeria will continue to take theirs too. The dilemma Oshiomole will face now is should he just deny himself of what is constitutionally his when we know for sure that no other person in Nigeria will ever follow that example? I think what is fair is to reduce the cost of the house and let him accept a less costly one, but not an outright rejection, unless a new law is passed to say govt shouldn’t build houses for all ex governors anymore

    • ojomaje ijato

      Mr Patriot, I am sure you are aware of Oshiomole’s pedigree. He should not see himself as the others before him because he is the only labor leader that got to power to date. Your if you can’t beat them, join them advice is precisely why we are in a hole. Why can’t he show us all an example to follow?