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I once slept in a police station because I was homeless – Oshiomhole

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Edo Governor Adams Oshiomhole, who turned 60 yesterday, has promised to re-dedicate his life to the service of God and humanity.

Oshiomhole spoke at a thanksgiving mass held at the Government House Chapel to mark his birthday.

The Governor said he wanted a quiet celebration with his family, but his children and friends insisted that his birthday celebration must be elaborate.

He recalled how he was touched when his son told him that the only thing he would do to make the children happy was to accompany them to church regularly.

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Oshiomhole said he was fortunate to have had a wife, who encouraged him to be baptised and whose spiritual influence had a great impact on his children.

The Governor recounted his early struggles through life and how he slept at the police station for three days when he first went to Kaduna because he had no place to stay.

His words: “My life is a life of miracles. One of those who was to testify at the tribunal but was not called wanted to say how the village association supported my secondary school education but he lied when he said I didn’t finish school.

“When I went to Kaduna, I ended up sleeping at the police station for the first three nights because I didn’t have anywhere to stay.

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“My struggles through the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to becoming the governor and support from the people were acts of God.

“Whatever we are is that which have been decreed by God. You might be working and no one will seem to notice it.”

Oshiomhole called for more prayers for him to overcome his weakness and not to do things that would benefit a few at the expense of the majority.

Rev Andrew Obinyan, in his homily, described Oshiomhole as a man of good works and creativity.

The mass was attended by the Deputy Governor, Pius Odubu, Speaker of the House of Assembly, Uyi Igbe, Chief Tom Ikimi, Oshiomhole’s children and political associates.

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