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Governor Oshiomhole Remembers Late Wife Who Died Of Breast Cancer

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Nov 16, 2013 – Governor Oshiomhole Remembers Late Wife Who Died Of Breast Cancer

The Governor of Edo State Nigeria, Adams Oshiomhole who lost his first wife, Mrs Clara Oshiomhole to breast cancer on the 8th of December 2010 is full of emotion as his wife‘s third death anniversary date draws near.

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On Tuesday November 12th, 2013 during his 5th anniversary in office, he opened up to newsmen about his life as a single man and why he is finding it difficult to move on:

I wish you would have avoided the question because really when I talk about my late wife, people may not understand why? You are in a position to judge whether to agree or disagree. When a man in my own case has the privilege of being elected as a state governor or president, your wife’s status changes automatically to the first lady of the state or the country with all the glamour that goes with it.

To have the kind of wife I had, who was familiar with all the police stations in Kaduna and outside, and sometimes searching for her husband who might have gone to work and detained by Police on account of trade union work, it was her lot to stand by me and she bore all the deprivations of a husband you were never sure where he was going to be at the next minute. At a point, she called me an absentee husband.

In one interview she said ‘I have donated my husband to the Nigerian workers’, so she went through all that pain and the day we were inaugurated is usually the day where women put on their very best, befitting a stature of the first lady of a state. But on that occasion, we discussed how to appear because we didn’t have the opportunity of long planning. I was declared on the 11th as the winner of the election and was to be sworn in on the 12th.

So I said to her, I can’t change my identity now because I have been a worker and have used khaki as a factory worker and President of the NLC, and I don’t want to look different and she agreed. Rather than going to buy lace, she opted to wear the same khaki, except that my own was better sown than hers because the woman who made her own was not used to sowing khaki for women.

So I looked around and imagined that she should have been by my side today to share the joy of my 5th year anniversary. If you come from my background, any woman who agrees to marry a man who is not rich, a man who alternates between police stations and cells and lives in a one or two bedroom apartment, that is your real love. When my wife said I love you, it was from her heart.

I just imagined how she would have felt seeing all these people. The only worry she ever had was who was going to employ our children owing to my agitations with big establishments, because as an organized labour, when we leave the NLC, we fear that our lives would be lonely because it would be a payback time for all those big people I have harassed in the course of my work. So, it would have been joyous for her to see that five years down the road , I have more people around me than I have before.

Her second fear was that she never approved my involvement in politics because she was very proud to be referred to as the wife of Oshiomhole because then she gets all the favour and saw the affection because most Nigerians were happy with my stewardship at the NLC.

She was worried that once I get into politics, I would be ridiculed and all of that would go. She felt I should keep the name. But I told her even before I went into the NLC. NLC was a write off as military apologists, the human rights community distanced themselves from the NLC and I said you can always chose how you want to be remembered; that I’m going into politics to redefine and demystify governance and reconnect with the very ordinary people and politics offers that platform for anyone who believes the ordinary man deserves a better deal.

So for all that and for many other reasons, that is one thing that I regret that she should have been there to also see the other side of life. I have seen it all, in this state now, they are people who will call me the oppressor and you know who they are, the oppressors of yesterday.

If you ask ‘Mr fix it’ who I am, he will tell you I’m oppressing him because I have de-fixed him. It would have been nice for my wife to see life’s full circle; that those guys who feasted on us and cheated, that we have reduced them to political vegetables and placed them on permanent political oxygen.

So sad! May her soul rest in peace

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  1. Doris

    November 16, 2013 at 6:25 PM

    Take heart my able governor God will console you

  2. bezo

    November 16, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    Stop all this crocodile tears for christ sake, while just fooling urself, when the whole world knew u used her for rituals, mtcheeeeew nonsense

    • Anonymous...

      November 16, 2013 at 7:38 PM

      @ Bezo You are very stupid for saying that Gov Oshimohole used his wife for re=ituals;;May her spirit twist ur mouth backward…Ignorant is a disease to u/// @ Gov Oshimohole may God give u the fortitude to bear the loss nd to see u and the children through…He knws why for evry situation… May her gentle soul contd to Restin Peace.Amen.

  3. Adewole Ade

    November 16, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    Oh my gov pls tak lik dt may sul RIP.

  4. joice

    November 16, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    take heart sir

    jst believe in God

  5. Teskolo

    November 16, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    This benzo am waiting for ur good comment one day. Animal in human body !!!!

  6. kelvin

    November 16, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    Bezo is a bastard

  7. tunmmy

    November 16, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    Bezo may god forgive you! And pls watch what you say. Gov Adams may God see you thru Amen.

  8. mma

    November 16, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    bezo, ar u sure u’ar a human wit a heart? am waiting for a good comment frm u.

  9. Beatrice

    November 17, 2013 at 8:09 AM

    @bezo her spirit will not let u, hav peace, u are very very stupid, i blame China for providing touch light phone for u.

  10. Beatrice

    November 17, 2013 at 8:15 AM

    Almighty God wil be ur strength, Amen.

  11. queen

    November 17, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    @ bezo u be fool,Take heart our Gov

  12. oxygenbaba

    November 17, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    every1 sud pls leave Bezo alone,let him say anytin he wishes bcos everybody is free 2 say anytin in his or her mind..wat is hidden in our face,God sees it clearly..RIP Mrs Adams Oshiomhole.God will b wth u Mr Govnor

  13. safimula

    November 17, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    Bezo just dey use una dey become star, but na him chance sha, so stop responding in his comment if u dont want to make him a star

  14. Emmanuel la

    November 17, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    Haaa bezo, may Ogun the god of thunder fire dat ur stupid mouth. I am not surprised at all, common sense u don’t av, common sense not common at all though. U are daft and stupid. Infact naija gist shud plzzzz stop posting ur comment coz we are not sure if u are human.

  15. chichi

    November 18, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    May her soul rest in peace

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