By OKECHUKWU PEACE
Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa has extolled the virtues of ex-Governor James Ibori who is serving time in a United Kingdom prison for financial fraud.
Governor Okowa bought Newspaper pages worth millions to congratulate his political mentor. A full-page advert in Vanguard Newspaper read;
“I join your family, friends, political associates and other well-wishers to felicitate with you on the occasion of your 58th birthday today. Your charisma, broad-based approach to governance and strong leadership credentials are enduring legacies that have continued to inspire other political leaders.
“I thank God for His protection and blessing upon you in this period of trial, and I trust that He shall continually refresh and sustain you in preparation for greater responsibilities in the future.
While reacting, a social commentator , Sola Salako wondered what message the governor was sending to the society with his action.
Said she, “The Governor of a State takes out a full page advert to celebrate his predecessor on his birthday, extolling his leadership qualities and world shattering legacies. Cool!
The problem here is, this predecessor IS IN JAIL in UK, a foreign country for embezzling the State’s funds! How can we ever defeat corruption, people? I shudder to think of how the world sees us!