President Buhari’s former aide refurbishes courts, schools

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Chief Okoi Obono-Obla

By Akpan David, Calabar

The former special assistant on prosecution to President Muhammadu Buhari, Chief Okoi Obono-Obla has renovated the chief magistrate’s court, the Ijiman health centre as well as a block of the classroom in Ijiman Secondary School in Ijiman in Ugep, his home town, Cross River State.

These facilities had fallen into a state of derelict and disrepair as at  2018.  The school had exposed the unfortunate students to the elements.  The Chief Magistrate’s Court was gutted by fire and remained in charred condition for several years.

Explaining the reason for his personal intervention, Obono-Obla said he decided to refurbish the structures as part of his ‘selfless service to his people, adding that leadership is putting the interest of the community first before the self.’

Speaking further, the former chairman of special presidential panel for the recovery of public property, who has expressed senatorial interest, said  “The service of the community is why some of us went into public service.

“However, public service for some of us did not start with serving the government through the instrumentality of the community. On the contrary, it is we started offering it way back in 1992 with free legal service and advice to the poor, the oppressed, and the dispossessed whenever they step on the wrong side of the Law or when the government oppresses them or generally when their civil rights and obligations guaranteed by the constitution are trampled upon by the wealthier neighbor or by their employers or government or in contractual obligations they entered into with their neighbor but do not have the financial resources to asserts their rights.”

According to him, making sacrifices when one has denied himself and family because he wants to help a distressed neighbor pay school fees for their children or pay the hospital bill for a sick neighbor or rebuild a collapsed health facility or school in the community. 

“Community service is when you speak out when your neighbor is oppressed or when you offer food or a helping to a distressed neighbor. Those who have a capitalistic mindset hardly make good leaders.”

He told the people that he will offer selfless leadership if they give him mandate to serve in the Senate come 2023.

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