Edo state governor Godwin Obaseki thanked President Mohammadu Buhari for the president’s pardon given to the former governor of Bendel’s old state, the late Prof. Ambrose Ali and the late boss Anthony Enahoro, and Enahoro’s two famous sons made enormous contributions to Nigeria’s development.
In a statement, the governor’s special adviser on media and communication strategies, Mr Cruz Osagie, said the governor strongly acknowledged that the president’s forgiveness he had campaigned for the past few months had finally been granted.
According to him, “when the governor commissioned a memorial service in honour of the late Professor Ali, he said he had reached an advanced stage in the President’s forgiveness journey for Professor Ali. It was surprising that forgiveness was now granted.”
“What is also very pleasing is the fact that Chief Anthony Enahoro was also granted a presidential pardon. Chief Enahoro would always be remembered for his instrumental role in the ideation of what is Nigeria today.”
He said the state government would continue to sustain the legacies of late Prof. Alli and the noble ideals of Chief Enahoro, noting, “With Prof. Alli’s legacies serving as indelible examples of the kind of policies and programmes we are enacting in Edo State, the Obaseki-led administration is going to continue to place the common man at the centre of its policies.
“Chief Enahoro, on his part, also espoused ideals which we have anchored a number of our programmes, especially on the need for Edo people to chart the path of their destinies on their own terms.”
“The president’s gesture gives fillip to our desire to restore the golden age of development in the state and truly drive development that would better the life of the people in the state,” he added.