ByÂ Udo Ibuot
ABUJAâ€”FORMER governor of Edo State, Senator Oserheimen Osunbor, has denied a front page story in the National Life newspaper of 14-20 March 2010 with the headline â€˜Osunbor exposes ex-godfather’Â saying there was no time he granted any reporter of the medium an interview.
Osunbor said in a statement in Abuja that he held Chief Anenih, the Iyasele of Esanland, with great respect, adding that Esan people were known to respect elders and not denigrate them in public or through publications as portrayed by the newspaper.
Noting that the publication was a calculated attempt by some disgruntled elements to cause disaffection and strain the cordial relationship between Chief Tony Anenih and himself, Senator Osunbor said that a careful reading of the story revealed that the adjectives ascribed to him â€œthat Anenih is â€œa featherweight politician,â€ was at variance and in conflict with other parts of the same story.
Osunbor said “those who felt uncomfortable and misconstrued his action in putting the past behind him as well as reaching out and making peace with others, irrespective of political differences or divergence of opinions, should know that what he was doing was in accordance with biblical injunction that we must, as much as possible, live peaceably with all men.”
Citing Romans 12:17-19, Osunbor said his action should not be seen as timid submissiveness, but an act of Christian faith.