By  Ahwaritoma Abavo, Benin


Edo Speaker, Hon Justin Okonoboh giving a copy of the book written by Eubadus Enahoro to Edo NUJ C/M, Comrade Roland Osakue

Edo Speaker, Hon Justin Okonoboh giving a copy of the book written by Eubaldus Enahoro to Edo NUJ C/M, Comrade Roland Osakue

Across the Nigeria nation, the sing song is the same; sighs of despair and complaints of biting hardship believed to have been foisted on the people by the prevailing devastating economic recession which has refused to positively respond to all known solutions applied by experts.


In Edo State, nothing explains the mood of the times better than the way and manner her 25 years Anniversary was marked on Saturday.

Like her contemporaries, the state was created on 27 August, 1991 by the Ibrahim Badamosi Babaginda military administration.

But not many persons were aware that the day was celebrated in Edo as there was no sign anywhere contrary to what obtained in sister states; Delta and Anambra.

To mark the day, speaker of the State House of Assembly Hon. Justin Esezobor Okonoboh and his deputy, Hon. Elizabeth Ativie leading other few members feted select journalists with snacks at his official residence in the Legislative Quarters, Benin City.

Novel and cost effective as it  seems, it was a sharp departure from the fun fare usually associated with official celebrations of this nature in the past and no doubt, a tell tale of the very harsh effect of the economic recession the Nigeria nation is currently going through.

And Edo on the verge of facing another governorship election is not pretending that all is well economically in- spite of being All Progressives Congress [APC] ruling state.

Leading proceedings at the event in which no member of the executive was present, the Speaker merely read the speech of the late sage and nationalist, Chief Anthony Enahoro while moving the motion for Nigeria Independence on the floor of the British Parliament in 1953, to mark the day.
Both Enahoro and the Speaker are from the Esan ethnic nation of the country.

This certainly could be the reason for the choice of his Parliamentary motion for Nigeria Independence to mark Edo 25 years Anniversary.

Also, a book; compilation of selected speeches of the late nationalist edited by Eubaldus Enahoro, a journalist, was given as a souvenir to everyone present as an added mark of honour on the day.

The event which lasted barely an hour was flat, colourless and by all standard below one marking Anniversary of a State