The embarrassing tactlessness displayed by the governor of Oyo State, Senator Ajimobi, while addressing protesting students of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology is a new low in leadership disdain for the governed in the Nigerian political space. However , beyond the expression of anger in the cyberspace in the subliminal reaction to the viral protest video , the electorates are also to blame, as they are complicit in the process culminating in the emergence of crassly insensitive hegemons like Ajimobi.
Most of those roundly condemning the governor’s gaffe never deemed it expedient to do a pre-election interrogation of the system and processes requisite in unravelling the leadership pedigree and credentials of leadership candidates in character, temperament, intellect, and competence. The razzmatazz, frenzies and petty pecuniary gingers would be enough to represent the distracting decoy from the imperatives. Starting from parties’ internal democracy, the people are wont to not asking questions and demanding for the ideal, with the political hierarchies afforded the latitude to perpetually sustain a political selection process that is people’s exclusive.
Whether in the form of handpicking done by god-fathers or the charade of delegated primaries that entrenches the anomaly of delegates’ buying as an acceptable component of the democratic process, the people’s stake is clearly defined as non-existent, with the eventual leadership given the leeway to call bluffs in the event of the inevitable corruption, abuse of office, and unresponsiveness.
Coming to the kernel of the governor’s show of shame, it is mind-boggling that two governors in a region renown as the flagship of educational excellence would find the management of a school ,which they jointly own, a tall-order, to an extent that students would observe an eight months’ stay at home, and such responsibility shirking would not come across as an egregious circumstance sufficient to invoking an impeachment or any other electoral remonstration variant. One is equally baffled at the warped propensity of governors to establish new schools, whether at the tertiary or at the secondary level, in form of the putative ‘model’ schools, when existing educational facilities are in their decrepit state.
Written By Olasunkanmi Olapeju.