Why I Am Backing Governor Amosun to Succeed

Sometimes, the reason we do some things may be very far from what people expect. Some of us are afraid to lose high profile football games because of the misery our friends in other teams will put us through in the event of losing. We do not mind that we get no money or benefits for supporting our clubs. We do not mind that it is only a game of football and nothing more. What is essential is that we do not want to be the butt of jokes when we meet where we meet. And we do not want to be consistently absent from where we meet every time we lose a game. This is the same reason I need Amosun to succeed. Not because he impresses me as a person, not because I bought into his personality or vision, not because I am impressed by his following and most certainly not because he will make me better or my life richer. I just need him to stop making me laughing stock!
We were unanimous in refusing to buy into Daniel’s PPN and we were also blunt in refusing OBJ’s Olurin. We sang SIA everywhere we went. We have had reasons to rejoice when we collectively guarded our votes and brought in the man we believe will turn things around. God! How we danced! Now that the euphoria is over, we hear we have to make sacrifices to re-build the state. That makes a lot of sense to me. But we need to know when we are making sacrifices and when we are making excuses for mediocrity. The line separating these two is very slim and one can pretend to be the other. The most major difference is that in the latter, we all work and suffer but for no constructive reason. Like OBJ’s National ID card project. Where is the data he gathered and why is no one asking him any questions about money down the drain? Like money deducted from workers’ salaries in the name of Housing and Health Insurance. Where is the money and who is in jail for these? Whereas no reasonable person will refuse to join hands with the governor to rebuild the state, still, every reasonable person would ask to see the exact damage, determine who did it and what should be done to the person and most importantly, assure that we will not build it only for a few persons to benefit or for the whole thing to be damaged again.
Determining the extent of damage done by the last administration is a serious challenge. But with a sole umpire, how can we exactly know the truth. It is true that OGD is now the devil, but he was not always the devil. I recall how we welcomed him after Osoba’s collapse. I recall how he gave us one month’s salary (basic I think) as Christmas bonus. I recall we called in ‘thirteenth month’. I recall that salaries were paid on the 25th of the dying month. I recall the various agencies he put in place, OGROMA being one of them. I recall the death trap that was the road from Sagamu to Abeokuta before he dualised it by direct labour. I recall the wonder that greeted the transformation of Ijebu Ode Township Stadium to Gateway International Stadium. Those who watched Adeola Odutola College versus Luba Comprehensive there for years will easily recall what it was like. I can recall all day. Somehow, something went wrong and people said no. I refuse to believe that OGD was a lone devil and all the people that are against him today are saints. The truth is that we all failed together.
Now, since the present administration has no intention of punishing the man, let us all forget about all his sins. But still, we need a devil. We need someone to heap all the blame on. Like in George Orwell’s Animal Farm, Napoleon must have a Snowball to take all the blame. Every pro-SIA speaker or commentator must find a way to squeeze in ‘the last eight years’ into their speeches in order to deify the current four years and vilify the last eight years. We understand. One of the ways Napoleon and his stooges, especially Squealer, kept the animals under check was to tell them that if they did not comply, Mr Jones would return. Today, we all see the same thing. If we do not do it this or that way, then Snowball will return and take us back to the last eight years of suffering. Therefore, we are constrained to ‘build’, irrespective of what we fear.
Before I forget, let me mention why I need SIA to succeed.
1. I need the governor to succeed so my vote would not have been wasted. Those days I stood in the line for hours on end. I cannot recall standing for so long in the open under a blazing sun. It must not be in vain.
2. I need the governor to succeed so that people will know that governance makes more sense with people who have received meaningful education and can constructively guide their people to prosperity.
3. I need the governor to succeed so that no one will turn around and mock me at the end of four years. Every area where the last eight years outshine the present four is a potential material for mockery. For instance, never have the roads in Ijebu Ode been so bad. Not even in the last eight years!
4. I need the governor to succeed so that I can say to those who say he does not listen to eat their words. Right now there is trouble brewing with NLC, ASUSS, Medical Doctors and tertiary institution workers. They say he does not listen. I need him to prove that he does. ASUSS says he gave them things with the right hand and took it right back with the other hand. NLC and TUC were not at the independence rally. They say it is because of the governor’s obnoxious policies. Some say he has made up his mind about what to do with the tertiary institutions and the panels are just strutting. I don’t know but I know I want him to succeed.
5. I need the governor to succeed because it would be such a shame to go begging PDP to return in four years.
I am told constantly that the governor know what he is doing. I just fear one thing. The people may not know. Afterall, when a man winks in the dark, he knows what he is doing. But who else knows? And who else votes at the end of the day. Who is the government serving if the people do not know what they are doing? That is why I wish he would come down to our level and carry us along.
I so need him to succeed!


1 Comment

  1. K.O. said,

    Nice faith in SIA. I sometimes wish that you spare some of that optimism for the centre. The truth is that if our leaders fail, we would all have failed. It is in our best interest that they succeed. And by the way, I believe that Baba OBJ did quite well when it was his turn.

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