For the last few days in Agbor and Delta State as a whole, there have been plaudits and encomium on President Muhammadu Buhari, following the official announcement by the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, during his visit to the railway complex, Owa-Oyibu, that the newly completed Agbor Railway Complex, at Itakpe-Warri rail line which is situated at Julius Berger compound at Owa-Oyibu in Ika North East Local Government Area of Delta State, will be named after the immediate past President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan(GEJ).
The people’s joy was further given a boost by the Minister’s declaration that the socio- economic growth and activities of Ika nation in particular and Delta State in general will drastically improve when the rail line/station commences full operation.
While the Publisher, Editorial Board Members and the entire management and staff of Ika Weekly Newspaper, the foremost and most authoritative news bearer in Ika Land, celebrate with the people of Ika nation for this development, and congratulate the former President Jonathan who Amaechi noted is being appreciated for his peaceful nature, which practically manifested in his unilateral decision to handle over power to Buhari in 2015, after he (Buhari) was declared the winner of the March 28, 2015 presidential election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), there is need, as the watchdog of the society to further underline the ingrain lessons for all to learn from this recent development.
First and very fundamental is that peace pays and political violence has no place in positive history. By this appointment former President Jonathan has become a living proof to the saying that one can actually achieve greatness without violence.
On his part, apart from the naming of the station after former President Jonathan, Buhari’s has brought a shift in the nation’s political paradigm by his sincere and humble recognition that the contract was first awarded by former president Jonathan.
Specifically, why this is in the newspaper’s views newsy and worthy of commendation is that we are in a nation where political office holders and other deconstructionists are reputed for tarnishing, destroying and relegating the efforts and achievements of their predecessors.
Even as the celebration of the new railway station in Ika Land continues, the greatest lesson of the moment to the upcoming politicians and of course the entire people of the state is that the ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at the time of challenge and controversy”