The sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo observing the difficult situation the country was in 1979, vowed that if he was elected he would not travel out, neither would he receive visitors. This will enable him to carry out the much needed repair work on the country’s economy. The avatar constantly opined that you do not invite visitors to your house, when renovation work is going on.
This position, eminently sensible, is characteristic of a man whose deep thinking, capacity for sustained back breaking hard work has gone out of history, into legend. In this lascivious ‘anything–goes’ time, such seriousness of intent will no doubt be dismissed as taking things too far. The dedication to duty, meticulous planning and implementation which made the Western part of Nigeria, a benchmark for good governance has since been replaced by indolence and sheer ineptitude.
No one can possibly characterize this culture of indolence, more than the present impostor Governor of Osun State, the fun-loving, happy-go-lucky Okuku prince, Olagunsoye Oyinlola. In view of his antecedents, not much was to have been expected. This is because as governor of vastly endowed Lagos State, Oyinlola was so inept that his governance became a reference point for maladministration.
Lagos State virtually grounded to a halt under his watch. At that time, the joke was that you needed a jeep to navigate yourself through the deplorable roads. If he couldn’t administer hugely endowed Lagos State, frankly what’s the fellow to do in poor Osun State?
Acknowledged an under-achiever though he is, the fellow just keeps getting more inept. Lacking the wits, application and imagination the fellow has embarked on a flight of fancy. Unable to handle the work at home, Oyinlola’s latest indulgence at enormous cost to the beleaguered treasury is to gallivant all over the world in search of an illusion.
Patriotically concerned, the Osun State chapter of the Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM) had to issue a statement berating this absurd diversion. As the DSM has pointed out, the fun-loving governor has made 77 trips in the last five years at a cost of over a billion naira to the state.
The cost/benefit of this escapade beggars the mind imagination. It would be interesting if the fun-loving governor could give a detailed account of the benefit which has come the way of Osun State as a result of this frenetic activity. This cannot be a sensible way of spending state money for which there are other more important competing priorities.
We fully endorse the apprehension of the DSM. The group in its statement noted that: “We keep watching Governor Oyinlola making 77 trips to China and America, thinking that something will come out of it. The only result is the mass importation of China brand of vehicles, distributed to our politicians at our own expense to the advantage of the governor’s auto dealership business. We make bold to say that, this is a perfect example of how not to govern a state.”
The culture of impunity in which the governor can treat the state’s resources with such laxity will only stop when the elections petitions tribunal shove the impostor aside. He has clearly being on a roller coaster ride, taking the people of the state for a ride. The people of course are innocent, they didn’t vote for the indolent usurper in the first place. It is beyond reason that any sane electorate will jettison Rauf Aregbesola, a superbly prepared, fine administrator for Oyinlola who clearly does not have a clue as to what administration is all about.
It is a crying shame for the standards set by Awolowo et-al is far too high for the nonsense that is going on in Osun State. The people of the beleaguered state, can only hope that help will come soon to put an end to their misery.