Lateef Jakande stayed in his private residence even as governor. He was said not have travelled abroad in the four years he held sway. He built the current Civil Service secretariat, the house of assembly complex, the Lagos State University. In fact he constructed over a thousand schools, built general hospitals across Lagos, constructed many roads and laid a solid foundation for Lagos.
Baba didn’t retire into opulence neither did he amass wealth for his children. 40 years after, his name still rings a bell.
Dee Sam Mbakwe governed Abia and Imo. He had little but what he did in four years, no one has come close to doing in eight years. He built Concorde, he built Abia hotels Aba, he built glass industry in Aba, the Imo State University was his brain child. He invested heavily in education and got many roads constructed. He wept openly to draw the attention of Shagari to the bad roads in Aba.
When he died, his kinsmen in Obowu contributed money to build him a house. He obviously did not privatise the state purse. 40 years after, Dee Mbakwe is still the model for leadership.
In four years, Melford Okilo built over 600 primary and secondary schools, including the Rivers State University of Technology. Prof. Ambrose Alli delivered Ekpoma and Ekpoma birthed Abraka. He built many colleges of education and countless primary and secondary schools. In Rivers and Bayelsa, Delta and Edo, both men are still referenced. They led bigger states with far less but left legacies that 40 years after, still stands in testament to their good leadership.
There was Adekunle Ajasin. There was Clement Isong. There was Abubakar Rimi. There were many others in the class of ’79. These men entered public service with one thing in mind; service. Today, politics has become the easiest way to wealth. Then, pastoring. The two have become careers for instant gratification. I don’t know what changed. I don’t know when we became crazy about material possessions. I can’t say how we lost it but we lost it completely. Compared to the Mbakwes, we have no leaders.
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How we shot ourselves in the foot repeatedly, we be acting like we have two joker cards, we keep re-circling same old, clueless, selfish, “MUGUN” that doesn’t care about you and I the masses and still expect to experience positive change in the economy, security, health, transport education sector…? Who does that? False said; everybody is a f..king hypocrite (snitch). It’s only a fool that will keep doing same thing repeatedly and be expecting different results (Jí, mà sún).
“Lateef Jakande stayed in his private residence even as governor, in fact, he constructed over a thousand schools, built general hospitals across Lagos, constructed many roads and laid a solid foundation for Lagos.” but our current politicians, once they attain to the “political throne” (office), they turn themselves to “almighty gods” that does whatever pleases them at anytime that pleases them too. Imagine Zimbabwe president that rule for eternity like God but couldn’t even build ordinary hospital to treat his dying backside but travelled outside the shore of his “beloved saved country from colonial masters” to Singapore to die, does our leaders think if they die in well equipped foreign hospital, they gonna have direct entry or lifeline to heaven or they’ll actually rest in peace with all the atrocities committed? And we still have mind to call them Messiah. We need to emancipate ourselves from mental slavery and think, act rightly.
Take a look at people like Dee Sam Mbakwe, Adekunle Ajasin, Abubakar Rimi, Prof. Ambrose Alli… who had interest of the people at heart. Think the African political offices are too juicy (money wise), if we can reduce the amount of money for basic salaries and allowances received, it will stop our “dear thieves” from making politics “a do or die affairs”, and free the political atmosphere for people who are mentally ready to serve.
Thirty thousand (30,000) minimum wage as being a rocket science for “our beloved politician” to resolve but their monthly millions of allowances is being paid steadily on monthly basis without hiccups, in the history of Nigeria, have you heard that Nigerian local government chairman, Senator, house of Representatives, Commissioners, Governors nor Ministers are being owned salary for one to three (1-3) months? Hell NO!!! If that happens, head will roll!!! In fact, once you mistakenly got the chance either by crook or by hook to attain any of the offices, your pension is for LIFE, they can never be own a month pension, they get immunity of untouchable in office irrespective of the crime committed i.e they can command things to be as if they were, so they make sure they’re in the office and in the ruling political party to avoid prosecution if they’ll get at all.
A ruling political leader in Nigeria said; when you come to the ruling party, your sins (your atrocities committed while in office) are forgiven. “Thank God, am not God, this one will just sleep and not wake up.”
Today’s politics and pastoring has become the easiest way to wealth, the two have become careers for instant gratification, direct and instant escape route from poverty to unimaginable wealth in Africa. Lord have mercy!!!
Together, let’s change the narratives of the political airwaves in Nigeria and Africa at large.
OlusogoDAViD have said his, ain’t you gonna say, do your widow’s might…? Let the intercourse continue…