BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE TO A QUINTESSENTIAL STATES MAN:
“A politician thinks of the next election; a statesman of the next generation. A politician looks for the success of his party; a statesman for that of his country. The statesman wishes to steer, while the politician is satisfied to drift.”
James Freeman Clarke,
American Political Philosopher .
When you want to see profound humility in the face of utmost success ,you will have to turn to Chief Solomon Iyobosa Edebiri,Member of the Order of the Niger (M.O.N.),the Edo State born philanthropist ,Business Man and Politician .
Chief Edebiri, despite his wealth lives a Spartan Life ,dedicated to the uplift of the downtrodden and touching of the lives of the hewers of wood and the drawers of water.
His kind of generosity finds expression in the biblical Injunction ,that what you give with your right hand ,your left hand should not know about it .He is not like structural political givers who ,call the press and share commodities and money in election times ,akin to acting ,while in real life ,they are the definitions of stinginess.
Chief Edebiri’s benevolence is natural and real and he makes no noise about it .Perhaps ,his love for white fabrics and attires symbolizes his purity of heart and sincerity of Purpose .
Bill Clinton the 43rd President of the United States said :”Your Character is the greater collateral ,you can give to a People “.Chief Edebiri’s character is unimpeachable and unblemished in his Service to the State and Mankind .
Chief Solomon Edebiri is a successful Business Man, with thriving interests in Construction ,Oil and gas ,Hospitality ,Education and More .He is the President of Nigeria Institute of Welders,with which he attracted a Training Centre of the Institute to Benin.
Quite worthy of mention ,is the ability of Chief Edebiri to achieve such level of success and prominence in politics and business with out any Scandal whatsoever.
This is coupled with his love for his people and empowerment and uplift of same ,not for any pecuniary gain or to get fame ,but sake of his undiluted love and compassion for them .
Dr. Edebiri’s participation in Politics is unique in many ways .It is devoid of violence ,intellectually based and for him ,it is not a do or die Affair .This explains while his RITA Initiative ,that organises colloquiums for character building for the Youth in Edo State ,has been a huge success.RITA stands for : Responsibility ,Integrity ,Transperacy and Accountability;these attributes essentially defines Chief Edebiri’s character, person and idiosyncrasies! In recognition of his role in Nation Building,Chief Edebiri was bestowed with the Prestigious National Honour,of Member of the Order of the Niger,by the Federal Government of Nigeria.
Chief Solomon Iyobosa Edebiri MON ,provides an alternative plot in the Political Narrative of Edo State .Chief Edebiri’s image looms large and his pedigree saunters in the mind of all.
As Chief Edebiri celebates his birthday on the 22nd of April,2020, we join his admirers ,followers ,family and friends,all over the World to wish him a happy birthday ,more prosperous years ahead and the grace of the Almighty God to continue to be a pillar of support and an inspiration to Many.The best is yet to come sir !