Edo State Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu has appealed to all politicians seeking to be Nigeria President come 2023 to shun politics of division, ethnicity and religion.
Philip Shaibu sent the message few minutes ago in a press release made available to the public.
Philip Shaibu statement is coming barley 24 hours after Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike visited Edo State and shun his one time political friend and now rivalry, Godwin Obaseki which thus he refused to pay the usual visit to the Edo State governor at Government House which shows the rift between the two governors remained unsettled.
Trouble started when Governor Nyesom Wike used intimidating, unfriendly and underrating words on the Edo state Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu who he said had threatened to leave Peoples Democratic Party, PDP over what the Deputy Governor described as unfair treatment to supporters of the Edo State Governor who were denied enlistment into the party.
Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki thereafter personally signed a press release, warning the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike to stop political bully, emphasizing that such act or character is not tolerated in Edo State.
Governor Nyesom Wike retaliated, making mockery of the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki who he said came begging him for PDP governorship ticket when his former party, All Progressives Congress, APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole disqualified Godwin Obaseki and refused him APC ticket to contest his second term in office.
Almost the following day after Wike second public outburst, PDP senior members held an emergency meeting in Abuja where Nyesom Wike and Godwin Obaseki were seen in attendance.
It was believed the PDP senior members resolved the political differences between the two governors until on Thursday, Nyesom Wike breached security protocols, visited Edo state with no regard to the Chief Security officer of the state, an act capable of endangering his own life and creating conflicts between the two states.
According to Philip Shaibu, this year Easter celebration is with mixed feelings following the level of insecurity and economic hardship in the country.
Philip Shaibu words read:
It is with mixed feelings that I extend my profound felicitations to the Edo people and indeed, all Nigerians this Easter season.
Permit me to say that this year’s celebration calls for deep sober reflections in line with the mood of our beloved nation, Nigeria.
The prevailing security challenges and economic hardship confronting us as a people, compel both the leadership and followership to look inwards and strengthen the bonds of sacrifice, love and humanity which symbolize Easter celebration.
That the only begotten son of God laid his life for the redemption of humanity is a big lesson for all, particularly Christians, to embrace the noble ideals of selflessness and sanctity of human lives.
As we celebrate, let us remember that we are our brothers’ keepers and our patriotic responsibility to make Nigeria the nation of our dreams.
It is instructive to underscore the fact that as the 2023 general elections beckon, let me admonish our people across the length and breadth of Nigeria to shun politics of division, ethnicity and religion.
It is our civic duty to elect leaders of our choice through the ballot box for the progress, development and unity of Nigeria.
United we stand, divided we fall. However, l am confident that Nigeria will surmount her present challenges and emerge as a stronger, more united and stable nation where peace, justice and love reign supreme.
This is wishing all Nigerians, both at home and in the diaspora a hearty Easter celebration.