May the soul of Aunty Remi Oyo rest in peace. The late Aunty Remi was President Olusegun Obasanjo’s spokesperson. She had no iota of respect for Adams Oshiomhole as a Labour leader because of his Jekyll and Hyde predilection.
As the Number One Labour leader, Oshiomhole would huff and puff, mobilising us, the Labour and civil society for one strike and protest or the other. With his oratory, he would make the necessary noise for sound bites. We would go out to mobilise to shut down the country. We didn’t know he was playing to the gallery and this is where Aunty Remi comes in.
So, since Adams is in the mood of apologia as he did the other day in Benin, kneeling, purportedly apologising to Benin chiefs for bringing Godwin Obaseki as Governor of Edo State instead of Osagie Ize-Iyamu, when is he going to apologise to us for goading us for strikes and protests, only to back out at the dying minutes?
CWhen is he going to apologise to the widows of Chima Ubani and Tunji Oyeleru, who both died on the Maiduguri-Potiskum Road in Adams official land cruiser SUV number “NLC 1”?
Chima was the Executive Director of Civil Liberties Organisation, while Tunji was the Photo Editor of Vanguard. They had accompanied Adams in a mobilisation tour of the northern parts of the country in September 2005. When they were through in Maiduguri, they boarded a Chachangi plane en route Lagos. Adams entered the aircraft last but he had no seat. Chima offered his seat and chose to go by road with Tunji. They died in an auto accident on September 23, 2005.
Chima died Adams’ death and despite this, Adams abandoned the widows of Chima and Tunji. He did not even have the decency to attend their burials. When is he going to apologise to their widows, and not just to Benin chiefs for cheap political capital?
Thank God for Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. He paid a condolence visit to Chima’s widow and was shocked that that was where the activist lived. He immediately asked Dele Alake to arrange for a generator for the house. He followed this up by giving a house to Chima’s widow and scholarship to two out of the four children. God bless Asiwaju. Adams was nowhere to be found
While Adams was governor and had every opportunity to assist them, he didn’t. After much pressure, he reluctantly released N1m to the family, after Mrs Comfort Jiti- Ogunye accompanied Ochuwa, Chima’s widow to Adams in Benin. The widow waited for about three days before Adams sent an aide to go and give the money to her, which was less than what he used to spend on frivolities as governor. He didn’t even have the courage or courtesy to see the woman. He sent an aide.