Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State Governor has commiserated with the family of the late Peter Aliu, the lawmaker representing Etsako East constituency in the Edo State House of Assembly, who died on Monday morning at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital following an ailment.
Governor Oshiomhole, during a condolence visit to the widow, Mrs. Mary Aliu, and other family members of the deceased lawmaker, described the late lawmaker as a man of character and principle whose unwavering position on both state and national issues made him a shining light among his colleagues.
The governor stated that the late Aliu, 61, played a fatherly role in the legislative affairs of the state and would be remembered for his peaceful disposition towards issues concerning the house of assembly.
He prayed that God would grant the soul of the deceased eternal rest and protection for the widow, his six children and other family members left behind.
Oshiomole said, “Aliu was my brother. In moments of temptation, he showed courage and good character.
“When people plotted to betray us, he stood firm, remained on the side of fairness, justice and principle. When people brought money, he refused money in favour of principle.
“The last time I saw him and we had a conversation, he was more concerned about my political well-being rather than his own health.
“His colleagues and I called him our father because Aliu conducted himself as a father of everyone not because he was old but just a statement of his character, fatherly disposition and his commitment to bring everybody together.
“He never raised his voice even when the house had problem. When we heard of this condition, we were prepared to do everything within human power but we recognised that our will is one thing but God’s decision is final.
“When I look at the timing of everything, it is clear that this is how God wanted it. As a believer, I am not in a position to question God when he makes His decision.
“Even as it is, I cannot dispute it, I cannot question the time because if I do, I will be committing a sin but I ask you to take heart as nothing I can say will mitigate your pain but God will mitigate those pains and provide for your children”.