Nigerians are a funny bunch. Does supporting a public official mean we must be blinded to all their wrong doings?
Here I think leaders are overrated. A successful leader would have followers who call their attention when they about to go astray.
Nigerians must learn to give constructive criticisms to our leaders without clouding our judgement with party affiliations – it is for our own good.
Justice Folahanmi Oloyede called for Governor Aregbesola’s impeachment two weeks a go on the basis that he owed state workers seven months salary.
After this call for impeachment, Gov. Aregbesola has talked a lot about reasons he has failed to pay on time – not enough IGR and lower than usual federal allocations. He has since paid for Nov/Dec 2014.
This post is really not about the salary but about Nigerians’ attitude when important issues affecting people’s lives are being disscused.
In Nigeria – family and friends would sometimes help to lend money for food but when it comes to school fees or health care, you don’t usually get any help, this means a child whose parents work for the state would get sent home during school assessments and exams – damage done in seven months can be crucial to a child passing or failing a class.
Similarly, anyone working for the government in need of urgent healthcare for self or family are likely going to get no help – further endangering their lives.
Here the low IGR and reduced federal allocations are not good enough reasons for owing seven months salary, no matter how we flip it.
As a supporter of Gov. Aregbesola, I see Justice Folahanmi Oloyede a much-needed reality check that our governor needed from someone whose voice is higher than most. I don’t know this woman or her political affiliation but lending her voice being a state Judge is fantastic.
Hearing calls for the Judge to be sacked just because she said something that is so obvious says a lot about Nigeria follow-follow-brain-in-the-drain-mentality.
If I were the governor, time to do assessment of his followers and appreciate constructive criticisms even if that comes from the opponent.
The followers turning against one another in the name of partisan, not only unhelpful, it is shameful that we can not see beyond our party affiliations.