Through no fault of theirs
The labourers bickered
The farm owners snarled
Both sides at loggerheads
All arbitrating apparatus crumbled
And the farm was clamped
They were given marching orders
To report to the address of their sponsors
And halt for eight moons
In obedient idleness
For the devil’s workshop practice
Whereupon they kicked and agitated
Approaching the selected tenant
The self-acclaimed constituted authority
Who took holy umbrage
At their lack of adoration
And proceeded to schooling them
On the modus operandi
Of venturing into the Holy of Holies
With threatening and thundering
He mocked and dared them
Casting aspersion on their studentship
He considered them rascals
Creatures inferior and beneath
The almighty constituted authority
But they are the fruits of the system
Authored and advanced by the selected tenant
Who grows fat on their commonwealth
And disremembers too easily
That they constitute the authority
From the video by Sahara Reporters of the encounter between Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State and protesting students of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, it is apt to conclude that the man is not fit to be governor. After more than five years in power, he still does not understand the essence of his office. For more on this, see Jonah Ibiamagabara’s piece here.
It is tempting to see what transpired and lay the blame exclusively on the man. But I don’t blame him. That is because the man, like his colleagues in other states, should never have been governor in the first place. You see, Ajimobi’s utterances are not peculiar to him. It’s the general mindset of our political elite, a gang of marauders who do not give a damn about the people whom they claim to lead or rule. From Oyo to Cross River, from Sokoto to Abia, we have governors all over the country who think they are doing the people a favour by occupying that office. In fact, some have ascribed to themselves divinity and should therefore be worshipped. They loot our commonwealth and expect us to consider it a privilege.
The man said he is the constituted authority; whether he pays salaries or not, it doesn’t matter. It appears that he lacks the capacity to understand that authority comes with responsibilities, and that when one fails to fulfill the responsibilities one cannot lay claim to the authority. The university has been shut down for eight months and he expected the students to prostrate before him in worship for stressing himself to speak to them. He was aghast that they didn’t behave like civil servants in his state who would beg him to please pay their salaries, and when he does, would declare a thanksgiving service in his honour for his gracious magnanimity.
Governor Ajimobi is just part of the cancerous growth that ails Nigeria; a growth that we must do away with if we are to progress as a nation. We need leaders who are sensitive to our plight; leaders who understand the hardships Nigerians go through every day.
Like I said, I don’t blame the man; I blame us. While we slept, they gained a foothold. And even after realizing it, we don’t take action. We fold our arms and complain. When elections come, instead of going out to vote, we sit back home and bemoan how the elections were rigged. Some people claim they didn’t go out to vote because of the violence that usually accompanies our elections. That excuse does not count. Now tell me, which violence can be greater that the violence that is being unleashed on us every day by the political elite? And then, instead of seeing them for what they are, our common enemy, we fight ourselves over which part of the country one comes from or which religion one subscribes to. Of course they look at us and have a good laugh.
I would have said to LAUTECH students that I hoped their school is reopened soon, but I won’t do that. Rather, I would say that they go and start doing press up, and be ready to vote in the next elections. Instead of crying over what Ajimobi said, let’s prepare to remove him and his ilk with our votes.
We deserve better!
Image Credit: Sahara Reporters