I was born and bred in oyo state. I came into existence in the late 90s during the birth of modern democracy in Nigeria. Since I could tell right from wrong, read and write, watch Television and listen to radio, I have followed the politics of Ibadan closely with passion and enthusiasm.
From the Great Lam to Chief Ladoja,Akala, Ajimobi and now GSM I have had the taste of different Governors and political orientations. I come from a middle class family, my father a senior civil servant as he likes to call himself and my mom an average Ibadan trader, I attended private primary and secondary schools and in my final year in Lautech,Ogbomoso , so when the Government makes decisions I have always been a part of that population that feels the effects directly.
When late Governor Ajimobi first came into power the family celebrated heavily,I remember my mom buying us soda to celebrate what she called the win of an handsome learned man,yes a lot of saw him as an image of positive change. Did he really bring about positive change? I will leave you to answer that question.
I and my twin brother started coming home due to incessant strikes and each time my parents would lament and regret enrolling us in Lautech,I always took it with good faith and looked out for positive things to engage myself with. Then the popular “constituted authority” event happened,that fateful day my mom kept me under lock and key because she knows about my participatioIn unionism and would not allow her son leave the house to go protest, african parents can do that . Most of the comrades who participated in the protest are close colleagues who related the whole event to me including very secretive parts unknown to many lautech students themselves! A lot happened that the cameras would never show.
The ills in Governor ajimobi’s actions are numerous and we must criticize in a democratic system, but wishing him death or celebrating his death is a very foolish action. While he talked to us angrily and didn’t pay our lecturers for months, did we not also protest at osun state? Did we ever gain audience of the Governor at Osun? Who initiated the payment of the intervention fund that returned us back to the classroom after more than eight months?
While I wish late Former Governor Ajimobi peace as he rests with his ancestors I ask that we awaken our moral consciousness and think deeply before crucifying political leaders. I will always advocate for a law abiding citizenry in a system that wants to work,many people who laughed at Ajimobi’s death did not pay tuition during the dark days! You will say he didn’t pay our parents, he didn’t pay mine too but are all our parents workers in the oyo state civil service?
I will leave you with this, our society is a cultural one and we must never at any time forget our way of life as a people. Death is sacred and the dead should be respected be a critic if you want but do not celebrate what will happen to you one day
By The Lionheart