GOVERNOR FAYEMI'S "OMOLUABI-NESS" HAS AN ASTERISK


By Akin Ojumu

It is time to begin to question the "Omoluabi-ness" of Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State. For whatever reason, the gap-toothed governor seems to have lost his marbles. Or how else do you explain this?

Recently, Dr Fayemi was called out to his face about the deplorable condition of the road between Ado Ekiti and Akure by, of all people, a non-indigene, in the person of Governor Wike of River State – a state which is more than 500 km away and a Governor who has no dog in the fight of the people of Ekiti State and their sufferings.

Governor Fayemi's response to the slap on the face was sheepish and embarrassing. His explanation for the dreadful road between his State Capital and the Capital of Ondo State was, "Don't worry about that one, it is because we are solid democrats."

Don't worry about that? So, he knows the road is bad and he just doesn't care? We are solid democrats? What does that even mean? How does being a solid democrat explain the bad roads under a Governor's watch? How can that be the response of an educated leader – a man with university degrees as long as the arm of a grown man – when thrown an insult by the Governor of another jurisdiction that he is a horrible leader failing on his job?

This is really disgraceful. For an ara ita to be the one to tell an omo onile that his father's house stinks, and for the omo onile not be able to come up with a cogent and logical response is rather stunning. 

Dr Fayemi's lack of self-awareness is astonishing. Laughing so sheepishly with the gap between his teeth in full view while being dressed down with style by his colleague, I kind of feel ashamed for the governor.

If this is not a wake-up call to the governor to do right by his people, and go fix the bad roads all over his state, I don't know what is.

Abo oro la nso fun Omoluabi, to ba de inu e a di odindi. Until such a time when he does the right thing, the "Omoluabi-ness" of Governor Kayode Fayemi will have a BIG ASTERISK appended to it.

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