Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki said on Tuesday that those who criticized him for forgiving political executor Tony Adun, known as Tony Kabaka, did not understand the concept of forgiveness.
It is the governor that his supporters criticizing his decision to forgive the leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) are not his real supporters.
Obaseki made the statement on Tuesday when addressing leaders of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the local government area of ââOredo, state, about the reactions that followed his decision to forgive Kabaka and give him Christmas gifts.
Naija News reported earlier than Kabaka received Christmas gifts of a cow and sacks of rice from the Edo State government after he repented and asked for forgiveness.
It will be remembered that in February 2020, the Obaseki government had demolished the hotel owned by Tony Kabaka who was located in the Ugbor district of Benin City.
However, some political observers and stakeholders in Edo State did not appear to be happy with this development.
Addressing the issue on Tuesday, Governor Obaseki said that humility and forgiveness should be a hallmark of any politician and that we must never forget that humanity comes before politics.
He added that he is just a mortal who has also received forgiveness from God, so why not forgive another human being who has asked for forgiveness especially at a time when Christmas is being celebrated.
According to Obaseki, âSince last night, I have heard a lot of comments that I gave Kabaka cow and rice. I read people who said they were my supporters and I felt bad. I say they are not my supporters.
âIt’s Christmas, we celebrate Christ, the basis of our Christianity and our religion. Before politics we are human beings, so if we cannot be humane we will not be humble politicians.
âIf a grandpa can go out on social media to beg for forgiveness, go to church and beg forgiveness, who am I not to forgive the person.
âI am just a simple mortal. I am governor today because of God, so if I play God now, I am not sure that God will forgive me â, he said.
He said those who condemn his action on social media are not Christians and should move forward because he will not overturn his decision.
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