President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday in Benin, the Edo State capital, said the governing All Progressives Congress, APC, can do with the services of outgoing Governor Adams Oshiomhole in Abuja.
The president, who said it would be a waste of energy to allow the Edo governor to retire, promised a “higher assignment” for Mr. Oshiomhole.
The Edo governor will hand over to a successor this Saturday, November 12.
Buhari said this yesterday at the Palace of the new Oba of Benin, Omo N’Oba N’Edo Nku Akpolokpolo Ewuare II, before he embarked on the commissioning of several projects in the state.
He said: “It will be a pity to waste his energy by him retiring. I hope there will be a higher assignment for him to do more for the nation. I congratulate the governor for his hard work; Oshiomhole is a hard working governor. We will need his services in Abuja.
“Thank you for inviting me, most especially during this time in the country. You have served two terms and you are about to leave. You deserve a place in history. I hope the APC will look for a place for you because your service for the country is far from over”.
Buhari also congratulated the Oba for successfully ascending the throne of his ancestors and extended the support of the Federal Government to his Royal highness in his bid to improve the lives of Edo people.
The Oba of Benin had earlier expressed delight on the president’s visit, noting that it was the first since his recent coronation.
“We believe this is a sign of better things to come. I appreciate your contribution to my coronation”, the royal father said.
The Ewuare II, who commended Buhari for appointing Edo indigenes into positions in government, appealed for the establishment of an export and import processing zone for agro-allied industries in the state.