Oshiomole's Scathing Remark to an Erring widow - Should we judge quickly? [Pictures + Video]

I've known Edo State Governor Adams Oshiomole to be a man of the people, I've known him to be a strict person but I'm not so sure on what to say about this video recently uploaded on YouTube. I know he was just doing his job to sanitize the state but I don't know what to make of this scenario.

Many people are condemning what him and his officials did in the video but is anybody thinking of the fact that people (like the widow in the video) might have been warned before the strike force embarked on its confiscating mission? The fact that she is a widow and struggling to survive will not negate the law. The scenario in the video made it look like the governor was a bad person; I will only agree on the basis of the statement he made where he told the woman 'You a widow, go and die!' That statement was not necessary; he could have just ignored her pleas and went on, but making that statement only made him look heartless rather than look strict and disciplined.

And unfortunately, people are latching onto that statement to rant out on the governor. I remember when Governor Fashola also banned Okada riders in major areas of Lagos, people begged and ranted, people called the governor names but he didn't not give back any response. Today, many are grateful the Okadas are not constituting a menace as before in many areas.

Nobody is above mistake but then prevention is better than cure.

Governor Oshiomole should be careful about speaking in public next time.

If I were him, I'd do damage control. But the Oshiomole I know would probably not give a hoot.


An update came up earlier today that the governor has eventually apologized for his statement.
According to a report:
After a video of him shouting at a widowed woman to “go and die” went viral on social media, Edo State governor Adams Oshiomole has tendered an apology for his actions.
The Governor, however, noted that he made the comments in anger.
Oshiomhole’s apology was made when the leadership of the Federation of Muslim Women’s Association of Nigeria (FOMWAN), paid him a courtesy visit in Benin.
He noted that though the challenge of modern times had bestowed on the shoulders of some women and single mothers the status of bread winners of their homes, such should not be used as an excuse to flout the laws.
Well, that's good to know. I can't blame him though, he's also human and liable to errors. Thank goodness he realized his error and didn't exhibit some form of arrogance.

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Anonymous said...

I heard she wasn't selling but had just been dropped by a vehicle and was about to cross the road where she would get a wheel barrow. From the look of the goods, none seemed opened.

Afronuts said...

@Anonymous...Really? Well that's sad and rather unfortunate. You're right, those goods look like new supplies not ones on sale already.