Former Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Oduah, yesterday justified her deeds in office, saying that she acted with dignity.
Appraising herself before a gathering of stakeholders in the aviation industry, including civil servants and pilots, Oduah, whose tenure was rocked by her purchase of two bulletproof cars for N255 million, insisted that she did “the right thing” while in office.
Oduah maintained that Nigerians deserved selfless service, which she said the ministry and stakeholders under her watch collectively offered.
The inspired former minister ignored the speech her media aide, Mr. Joe Obi, prepared for her and spoke extempore.
Oduah said :
“I want to thank everybody in the ministry for their support… Most of you don’t know Obi. He likes to write and he has given me five pages to read. Obi, my apologies, I want to decline. I am not going to read this because I really don’t have anything to say but to say that what we did, we did it collectively.
“And what we did, we did for our people, and I say Nigerian people deserve what we have done and I believe that anyone who is coming next will do far better than what we have done because the structures are there, the roadmap is there, the compass is there… Today is a day for me to tell Nigerians that there is dignity in labour. You must do anything and everything in prioritising what Nigerian people need and what they deserve, and when you do that, posterity will not judge you unfairly.
“Also when we started, we did not play to the gallery. We did not prioritise the media because it was not about them; it was about Nigerian people; it was about doing the right thing. And without being immodest, I think we did the right thing, I think we have done our beat and we pray that the next people will do their beats.”