Comrade Dennis Amayo, the pensioner in Edo State, who previously served the state government notice that he would commit suicide on Valentine Day February 14 over the delay in the payment of his pension, has now recanted.
He said he had been pressurised by family members and concerned Nigerians to rescind his decision.
He, however, said if the state government failed to pay him on or before the first week of March, nothing on earth would stop him from carrying out his threat.
Amayo, who was apparently happy that some sections of the media took his case to town, told Western Post exclusively that his son in the UK called him to say he read his story online and sympathised with him.
Sipping from a bottle of beer, Comrade Amayo said: “I want to thank the whole world for the concern they showed me and for pleading that I should not commit suicide, though some people had also said that I should go to hell.
“All I am saying is that the government should pay me my pension. I worked for it and it’s my right. In 2006 or thereabouts, we campaigned for Oshiomhole and voted him into office. So I believe in him so much and that is why I am saying that my pension must be paid to me”.
Amayo said: “The appeal I got from concerned Nigerians was unprecedented and my children too were very sympathetic over my predicament. They told me to be patient and to continue to seek dialogue with those concerned”.