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Jonathan Criticises Governors For Encouraging Criminals



Jonathan Criticises Governors For Encouraging Criminals

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has alleged that some state governors are encouraging criminals for political purposes instead of fostering talented individuals in the civil service, News About Nigeria reports.

Jonathan made these remarks on Wednesday in Benin while inaugurating the refurbished state secretariats, a project undertaken by Governor Godwin Obaseki.

Jonathan expressed his pleasure upon hearing from the Head of Service that Obaseki had employed top graduates.

“It takes someone with a vision like Obaseki to do that,” he noted.

“In some states, governors are busy encouraging criminals for political gain—individuals who would rig elections, carry ballot boxes, knives, and cutlasses, and intimidate people during elections.

“But here, in Edo State, you are encouraging the best brains. These talents come from all political parties, not just one.”

He urged undergraduates to strive for academic excellence rather than getting involved in cult activities, alcohol abuse, and other vices.

“Those who are undergraduates should struggle to make First Class instead of going to join cult gangs, drinking alcohol and raping women. You should try to make good grades. So, if you have opportunity to go to school, take your school seriously,” Jonathan advised.

Jonathan added that Obaseki’s support for talented individuals was not politically motivated but aimed at state-building.

Jonathan also commended Obaseki for improving the welfare of civil servants, including raising the state minimum wage to N70,000.

“When I first read that you proposed a N70,000 minimum wage, I was worried if you could manage it. But that’s the mark of a visionary,” he remarked.

Governor Obaseki, in his speech, stressed the need for upgrading the workplace, personalities, and capacities of public servants to attract private sector investments necessary for Edo State’s development.

“We can achieve anything we set our minds to, irrespective of the opinions of the naysayers,” he concluded.