By Simon Ebegbulem
BENIN â€” THE immediate past governor of Edo State, Professor Oserhiemen Osunbor, yesterday, asked God to punish the killers of Barrister Anthony Iyalekhue, the former Commissioner for Works under his administration in the state.
He also called on the people of the state to seek divine intervention to what he described as the high level of insecurity in the state.
He expressed fears of visiting Benin City due to the incessant kidnapping and killing in the state stressingÂ the need for security agents to redouble their efforts and make the state safe for the citizens.
Osunbor spoke when he paid a condolence visit to the family of the deceased at their GRA residence in company of some members of his cabinet, including the then Chief of Staff to the state government, Mr Isaiah Osifo, former Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr Ken Ihensenkhen, and others.
He described the deceased as a brilliant and loyal party man whose death must be thoroughly investigated.
It would be recalled that Barrister.Iyalekhue served under the Osunbor administration as a Commissioner.
His words:Â Â â€œThe situation in Edo state has assumed a very disturbing dimension because I hear stories of kidnappings, assassinations, all the time. In fact, I have read in the newspapers about others who have also been killed in Edo state which is a big pity.
â€œWhat I want to urge the security agents to do is to continue to redouble their efforts but above all, I want to appeal to the people of Edo state to seek deliverance.Â Â We must get closer to God because only God Almighty can intervene and rescue the ordinary person in times like this.
â€œSo, we must seek divine intervention in order that we begin to see less of this kind of atrocities. I know that every body feels unsafe in Benin City these days, it is such a pity. Even coming to Benin , myself, every body was telling me you have to be very careful and it is a pity that this is happening in our own state.
â€œSo we will always continue to pray that God will touch the hearts of people in order that a sense of safety and security will come back and prevail in Edo state.â€
Asked what he felt went wrong since the situation was not like this during his administration, Osunbor asserted that â€œ I really do not know what is being done now, but it is a great pity, what else can I say than to urge the security agencies to redouble their efforts because they are facing a very big challenge now.
â€œI believe in spite of all difficulties, when mankind is confronted with this kind of problem where human beings appear to be helpless, God Almighty always have a way of intervening,â€ Osunbor said.