By Ikhili Ebalu
A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party and former Governorship Aspirant, Ken Imansuagbon, publicly known as Rice Man has decried the disturbing spate of insecurity across the country.
Ken Imansuagbon asked Nigerians to unite and collaborate with government to put an end to the murderous and criminal activities of suspected herdsmen so as to bring about lasting peace in the society.
Imansuagbon also called on all well-meaning Nigerians to join and support the efforts of Governor Godwin Obaseki in ensuring that the state is safe for all.
He made the call on Sunday evening when he was been honoured with the award of Most Viable Man in Edo State by the Edo Legacy Foundation.
The PDP chieftain who was represented at the event, by the Edo state former commissioner of Higher Education, Hon Sylvester Ewanehi said: “As citizens, we must collaborate with the state government in ridding the state off criminal elements in our midst so that peace and development can strive.”
He commended the organizer of the award for the honour bestowed on him. “I am extremely honoured to receive such an important award today. I am earnestly grateful for the recognition. I am very sure that every other recipient equally deserves this prestigious award.
“Specifically, I want to say it is a great honour to be bestowed such honour alongside one of Africa’s greatest philanthropists and successful business icon, Sir (Chief) Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion and other recipients.
“It is a memorable day for me to be honoured as the Most Viable Man in Edo State c,,,,,ourtesy of the Edo Legacy Foundation, a group made up of credible individuals whose verdict cannot be faulted.
“I must confess that the honour been bestowed on me today by Edo Legacy Foundation will go down in history as been the second time in less than ten years that they will accord me such a honour. I got a similar recognition from them some nine years ago.”
He added: “Apart from this award been a honour to me it is also a challenge for me to do much more. I cling on to this and with due respect I promise not to let the people down whenever the opportunity presents itself. I remain a promise keeper.
“Edo Legacy Foundation’s idea of building a class of achievers that will take the state on the journey of good governance and accountability is well noted and shall be further deepened in due course.”
Some other high dignitaries honoured by the Edo Legacy Foundation on the occasion include High Chief Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion, the Esama of Benin Kingdom; Honourable Peter Akpatasson, representing Akoko Edo Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives and the Vice Chancellor of the Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Professor Ignatius Akhakhia Onimawo.