Lagos lawyer, Femi Falana, SAN, who made the observation in Benin, the Edo State capital at the weekend, said Oshiomhole took over the mantle of leadership in Edo State at a time its treasury was almost empty.
Speaking at a colloquium organized by the Edo Government to celebrate Oshiomhole’s seventh anniversary in office, the human rights activist, who was the moderator of the event, declared that roads in the South-south state could be compared to those in the western world.
“When he assumed the mantle of leadership, the expectations at home and abroad were very high. Having been in the front of popular struggle and led the Nigerian people against systemic exploitation and corruption, Nigerians were wondering what this social critic was going to do”, Falana said.
He added that “It wasn’t easy because by the time he assumed leadership, the economy was nose-diving. The eight years before then, the governors of this country particularly of this state were all smiling to the bank”.
According to him, the governor accepted the challenge and looked for “water even in the rock”, pointing out that though the road has not been easy and the battle has been tough, “Oshiomhole ranked as one of the best in this country”.