When grace triumphs to victory, there will definitely be uproar, or maybe that of lies and pain. Somehow it is also a rhetoric saying, that power has bestowed fame, or like a bayonet. Well, what happened in Ogun state was indeed a story of power and that of lies to vanquish from the sky of appreciation.
However, love came into the sky, in a coloured uniform that is emblazoned with testimony when Prince Dapo Abiodun becomes the governor elect of Ogun state. The drama that had happened before the election showed that no matter the less opportunities, there would be a time to laugh last. It is what a poet, has said: ‘’ laughter is an attack of struggle/resilience residue to hope/from lovers’’
As for me, I never saw him winning the election because his campaign wasn’t thunderous like that of Hon. Akinlade of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM). I even did an analysis. Certainly, I remembered my prediction that Hon.Adekunle Akinlade would win with a wide margin because the Ogun West district has not become the governor of the state. That was why I had predicted that Hon. Akinlade would win.
Well, such a prediction was not like an imperative infusion. It is that Ogun East is toiling for governor. In Nigeria, election comes without calculation most time. It comes somewhat with unexpected reason. And sometime candidate wins because of his/her opponent esteem. Which means, in this particular view, Prince Dapo Abiodun wins because the incumbent fails to realize that to become a progressive is not to nullify the structure of people’s will.
Sen. Ibikunle Amosun, of the moniker: a man of the tallest cap; has failed from the first day he ignored his party, when he insisted on direct primaries during the party’s congress. Then, his notoriety became obvious that he wanted to become what a French philosopher, Louis Althusser identified as ‘’ to let it pass would be a theoretical omission-worse, a serious political error’’
To speak frankly, Sen. Amosun should have believed that politics sometime is not being played with an immersed selfishness. I even failed to adhere with him with the brouhaha that happened when the President visited the state for a mega rally. And the same caveat emptor, has indeed forgotten, that such party, will find a time to redress such a significant disgrace when thugs came to throw sachet water at the President.
What Sen. Amosun had done was because he found it difficult to know that oblivion was also a nemesis. That what happens to an individual is not ordinarily about the event but about the lost that comes before twilight. It is still pertinent, that Sen. Amosun, wants to become a godfather in Ogun state politics. Or maybe that is the reason why he refutes Mr. Dapo Abiodun.
Also, there is a case that went viral on the media, that Mr. Dapo Abiodun allegedly fraud his university certificate. This is part of what the so called politics is all about. It is a system of less priority to people’s integrity because of public office. Wherein, I watched footage, and what the governor-elect meant was that, he went to Obafemi Awolowo University but he didn’t finish from the university.
Well, that should not be a case; in this kind of context— but it is somewhat an issue for politicians, in the case of Sen. Amosun who by all means, what to put his stooge as his successor. Thus, it is a kind of delinquency that happens in our governance when politicians like Sen. Amosun believes that to lurch is to have a successor that will describe his administration as an important immersion in the state.
And to be candid, what Sen. Amosun has done is that he is thinking about his own fetter. Therefore Akinlade should have known that Sen. Amosun’s decision is not because of his gesture. But it is tentatively, to rewrite his pedigree, in a society that has been cleared of incomplete projects.
Meanwhile, the electioneering campaign was not sturdy for Mr. Dapo Abiodun because many of whom had believed that Hon. Akinlade would win the guber-race because of his massive campaign to political wards across the state. Although, Mr. Abiodun did that as well— but Hon. Akinlade’s victory was satiable to some extent due to how he had placed himself as the comforter son.
Even the novel of the English novelist, Daniel Defoe, has given an apt to, the kind of comfort Akinlade has caroused himself to be. Still, what happens in Ogun state is not just a magic, but a miscalculation of lies, and unflinching promises.
And Mr. Dapo Abiodun should not believe that his grace made him to win the poll. All that made him to win is because of the tiredness of lies. Now, that he has emerged, Mr. Dapo Abiodun, should react perfectly well, to the party’s structure and to appoint commissioners that are capable for the job than to put nepotism in the administration.
This is prerequisite to politicians because they play with nepotism and cronyism. So, Mr. Abiodun should act perfectly well because the Ijebus are not the only people in Ogun state. Also, we should not forget that if government fails to do what is necessary; such government will shallow in stagnant water. Therefore, this means he needs to act beyond the doubt of an average voter in Ogun state.
It is not wrong for someone of his calibre to rule as governor. But he needs to know that governance at this level is not about past event; but, it is usurp, of doing what is right. Election is won by people’s choice for a selective candidate. And by this, governor-elect, Dapo Abiodun, should hold his party ideology to affirmation because of the future of his governance.
Whereas nothing should go wrong or maybe by wanting to defect to PDP, since, one of the PDP stalwart, Otunba Gbenga Daniel supported him. He should know that Ogun state needs attention in terms of infrastructure rather than to jungle in political infamy.
Lastly, Ogun state needs a better governor than a man who has turned himself to god because he wants continuity and fails to realize that only God can deliver man for continuity. Mr. Dapo Abiodun’s victory is not because of his political gusto, but because he is a perfect gentle man. In what a British actor, David Oyelowo calls himself: the perfect gentle man.
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Leah Sharibu: The Prisoner of Conscience
Her story has been like the story of Daniel in the den of terror. In the face of captivity her captors kept her just because she refused to call another faith. She is the mercurial of her own conscience. One of the first in the history that never denies her religion and She is Leah; but powerful than her co-mate in the scripture.
Leah Sharibu is our daughter. One of the girls that have brought our country to her kneels. Not just a martyr of faith but a girl whose spirit has driven us all to her struggle since she was abducted in Dapchi. And that abduction was historic.
It is seemingly a thought of a cohesive expression to the government. I see her than the way Nigerians see her. She is the girl that has made us to understand that religion is fate and faith is faith— in time of obstacle. Someone who doesn’t compromise her principle rather beseech in the spirit of prayer. That voice of Leah begins to come to us than it echoes to her captors. Meanwhile, she is supposed to be in school.
While some of her colleagues are intensely studying for the school certificate exam but she is here dying to be rescued. And Prof. Wole Soyinka has compared her to the late apartheid fighter, Nelson Mandela. In Soyinka’s poem titled: ‘’ Mandela’s Earth’’ the poem has a conjectural meaning that Mandela reverted to those who jailed him. ‘’ NO! He said’’
These particular words came out to Leah Sharibu as well. When she said— No! And perhaps in Wole Soyinka’s poem: ‘’ I am the rock, this Island. I toiled’’ this is what our own Leah stands for. However, the poem says: ‘’ in and out of time wrap, I am that rock/ in the black hole of the sky’’ truly, Sharibu has become the rock of human.
She has made us to understand that her release is important to us. That her struggle is to end bigotry and fanaticism in our country and perhaps to let everybody has the right to believe in faith. To have been in captivity for this time is terribly bad for a sixteen years old girl in her own country.
Recently, she celebrated her sixteen years birthday. In the den of terror, just because she is not ready to deny her own faith— meanwhile, if Jesus were to be alive he would have seen that Leah Sharibu loves him than her own life. And this means a lot for sacrifice. To a girl who has hope for her beloved country.
Probably, had it been her mother knew that such would happen, she would have been like the character in Toni Morrison’s novel: ‘’ Beloved’’ where the mother kills her own daughter because she doesn’t want her to face racism. Is this not a religion manhunt? — For Leah’s mother to cry helplessly for her beloved daughter to be released.
And I believed that the day she was abducted in her school with her other abductors, she would have recited the national anthem and pledge. That she was serving Nigeria with all her strength and now; is Nigeria serving her back? Or has the government forgotten that Leah is a citizen?
This means her life matters to every single Nigeria. And it is the duty of President Buhari to let her come back to her parent. Still, her life is not enmeshed, with wrong faith rather she has been the quintessential girl that knows how to identify her own right. Her life means a lot to all of us. Not that she is just a mere girl child, she is our daughter.
Therefore, it is the ability of the government to provide for her needs in captivity. To rescue her is even the major concern of all Nigerians. What is the point to the military if she can’t be rescued? Is it that our military are scared to fight the insurgency? All I know is that if Leah Sharibu is not being rescued that means her parent will lose hope in Buhari’s Administration.
However, she is the prisoner of conscience. She is the prisoner that has not failed to know her God. She has indeed believed in her faith like one of the character in James Joyce’s short story, Dubliners. And, still her colleagues were released but she was held back because she refused to deny her faith. This is a simple meaning of a cultured girl. And she strongly believes in the article of faith.
Leah is an affable girl that knows that her right is to be freed from the thraldom of dooms. In a society of ours, because what she has done do not deserve this kind of maltreatment she is receiving. If truly, we have a government that understands the people— the Leah Sharibu of our time won’t spend these hours and days in captivity.
To make the system function, let us all know that, what happens to Leah Sharibu, could affect anybody. And prior to her abduction, we knew the Chibok girls’ story. Yet, the government has not found measure to liaise with the insurgent. And what I expect the government should have done is to take the military serious than ever. And the military needs to deploy tactics and strategy because this is like a fratricide.
For every life, it matters to us that, we should never forget to know that Leah Sharibu is still a piquant subject that can never be forgotten. Thus, her abduction is cumbersome. Perhaps, I expect the government to know that Nigerians want Leah Sharibu alive.
Her parent has cried for too long; to the extent that, they talked like the English poet, Andrew Marvel, in his poem: To His Coy Mistress, which says: ‘’Had we but world enough and time/ this coyness, lady, were no crime.’’ With truism, she has no crime. But, if Buhari forgets to do the needful, Leah Sharibu’s spirit won’t make Nigeria rest just because she is innocent.
Let us know that a sixteen years old girl has decided to hold on to her faith; and this makes her to be the prisoner of conscience. Even with a conscience heart, we pray for release.
EXPERTS UNDERSCORES IMPORTANCE OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY IN FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
Information Technology (IT) has been identified as a vital element to achieve maximum productivity, efficient and effective service delivery, with faster communication in Public Financial Management (PFM).
The Head, Management Information Unit, of the Office of Accountant General/State Treasury in Ogun State, Mr. Abdulfattah Odusanya stated this while presenting a paper at a 2-day Training on Public Financial Management held at Itori in Ewekoro Local Government Area of the State.
The programme was organized by the Ogun State Government (OGSG) through its Project Support Unit, Ministry of Budget and Planning, in collaboration with the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President (OSSAP) on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG), for Financial Managers in selected Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), as well as those in Local Government Areas (LGAs).
Odusanya, while speaking on a paper titled “Information Technology: An Enhancement to Public Financial Management” said IT is a network of networks that has brought unprecedented change and redefined methods of communication, work, study, education, interaction, health, entertainment and commerce across the globe.
“Investment in IT system and infrastructure has become a key element in productivity and effective Public Financial Management. Increased investment in IT-Capital has accelerated growth and development”, he said.
Speaking further on PFM enhancement through IT in Ogun State, Odusanya suggested integration of the State payroll with, Pension system for seamless transfer of retiring employee information, Biometric Time and Attendance Management software, seamless Online payment solution for salaries, pensions and vendors payments, all electronic revenue collection platforms for on-line real time monitoring and comprehensive reporting in the Treasury departments among others.
In her closing remark, the Director of Planning in the Ministry and the State Focal Person, Mrs. Yetunde Olatubosun urged participants to ensure that the knowledge gained from the training reflected in their professional conducts.
In their separate responses, the Head of Account Unit, Rural Water Supply and Sanitation, Mr. Adewale Adesanya and the Treasurer, Ifo LGA, Mrs. Hassan Enitan, described the training as impactful, assuring that knowledge acquired would enhance their performances as financial managers in the State and also enable them operate in line with best global practices.
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