I am rejoicing in small baby steps. I know this will take a long time to get people to see, however, it is comforting to see that states are now talking about one of the misplaced priorities Nigeria government has orchestrated for a long time.
Niger governor Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello said his administration will no longer sponsor trips to Hajj and Jerusalem due to insufficient fund.
I don’t think Nigeria as a whole given the state of our schools, roads, hospitals has ever had sufficient fund to warrant state paying for grown adults’ vacations – it would have been a bit better to swallow if our attitude has changed for better since the infamous sponsorship started, too bad the opposite is the case.
Nonetheless, it gives array of hope that more state leaders are now listening and owning up to doing their job here on earth, while leaving the heavenly ones to individuals.
Kaduna state governor, Mallam El-Rufai cancelled state pilgrimage sponsorship late last year saving his state a tidy sum.
I really hope my state governor, Ogbeni Aregbesola is reading all this. I know he has been doing well restructuring primary and secondary schools but it makes no sense whatsoever that the state is struggling to keep up with workers’ salary but yet have money to sponsor tourists to Jerusalem and Mecca.
The whole pilgrimage state sponsorship is bad on so many levels – how could you genuinely pray to God when you knew the money could have educated, fed, treated millions of people?
And given how much money we have wasted on this, is Nigeria after so many years not ‘holy’ enough to have their own prayer ground – especially now that we are crusading ‘Buy Nigeria goods’?
As much as I am excited about this, Vanguard News quoted Alhaji Bello saying for now he will still continue to sponsor government officials to “to meet its obligations to the governments of Israel and Saudi Arabia for a hitch-free pilgrimage.”
What obligations is Alhaji talking about? That we have entered agreement to take food, education and health away from your own people so Mecca/Jerusalem could maintain their own?
Happy anyways that this is out for discussion.