The immediate past Ebonyi governor, David Umahi, has expressed delight that his successor, Francis Nwifuru, still accord him the deserved respect even after leaving office.

He said this while speaking with reporters after being conferred with an honorary doctorate by the Ebonyi State University on Saturday in Abakaliki.

Mr Umahi, Minister of Works, said it was rare to hand over to a successor and still be continually honoured by him, stating, “That is the handwork of God, and I am grateful to him and the governor.

“Governors and their predecessors are fighting in many states, but in Ebonyi, we are always celebrating,” said Mr Umahi.

Speaking about the secrets of the admirable relationship Umahi said, “This is the mercy of God and the wisdom bestowed on the governor.”

The minister commended Nwifuru for sowing the seed of peace in the state and assured that such would be sustained.

“You can see that the state is on a steady rise, and what I could not finish as David, he is doing as Solomon.

“He is my son in whom I am well pleased, he said.

Mr Umahi thanked the university for honouring him and others and pledged to continue contributing to its development.

” I commend the vice-chancellor and management for the amazing feats recorded by the institution; we all are proud to have a university with such records.

“The job is easy when you are not the one doing it, and I thank the state governor for his great work in the university.

“I will consult with my fellow awardees, and we will definitely offer huge support to the university,” he said.