Douglas imagines Governor Abiola Ajimobi writing a letter to LAUTECH students after their protest and the backlash after the release of the SAHARA Reporters video. This letter explains his stand, so as to clear up the obvious confusion.
Dear Incorrectly Disgruntled LAUTECH student,
I wish I could hope this met you in excellent spirits, but I am well aware you are quite upset at the moment.
However, I am fairly confident that after you read this letter, you will feel much better and we can resume our relationship as Daddy and Loyal Subject.
In 2011, you were part of those who elected me as Governor of Oyo State. In 2015, you returned me once again to the office – breaking the jinx of Oyo State Governors serving only one term. We have been in this together now for 5 and a half years. Surely, after all this time you understand the terms of engagement. But I’m sure last week was just a misunderstanding though I was deeply saddened.
First, you know that you did not elect me to serve you; this is not why I’m here. I was not sworn in to provide for mundane things like an allocation for your education, increasing the literacy rate, paying the salaries of your lecturers, or any civil servant for that matter, or contributing to the management of your school. No.
It pains me that you do not remember.
I am here for just a few humble reasons, to which you agreed when you elected me. To acquire power and public wealth. To use it to the benefit of my friends and family. My daughters – God bless their hearts – make urgent, pressing requests of me for things like a $15,304 Marchesa dress or that other $3,321 Tom Ford dress. A father must not say no to his daughters.
Moving on, if you also recall, I held up to my end of the bargain last campaign cycle. During the election rounds, in my generousity and magnanimity, I shared with you Ijebu Garri and Rice, branded in the finest quality of graphics, my honourable picture and nylon bags. You had free food for a whopping total of several campaign days. I’m sure your memory is coming round now.
Second, I do not like the way you reacted when I said schools being closed indefinitely is nothing new. You behaved as if I lied. As recently as July 2016, Kogi State University, Obafemi Awolowo University and Niger Delta University were all on indefinite strikes. Though one or two of them may have resumed now, but that’s not an important detail.
Yes, there was some discomfort but their students did not accost their governors – and caught on tape – to demand for anything. They spent that time off adequately. They had more time for their Facebook accounts, sharing funny videos, posting comments on blogs, trying out technological advancements of picture filtering.
Third, I am the constituted authority of Oyo State. I apologize that I had to remind you. You know I am to be spoken to gently at all times, called different terms of endearment like Oga, Daddy, and Baba. This is how we have always shown each other love. But I do forgive you for momentarily forgetting. It was quite hot that day you were out. You were confused by the humid weather, incorrectly exerting energy demanding for things.
Lastly, don’t mind the armchair activists saying I was ‘inciting violence’ by telling you to ‘do your worst’. It is such an unkind thing to say. They do not mean us well. They do not know now that that’s how we have dialogued with each other for years now, and you have with Governors that came before me and other senior leaders.
Now, I am sure you see things a little more clearly now that I have taken great pains to explain. You do not need to thank me. I was only doing my bit as your Daddy and Governor.
I must now leave you. It seems I may have to write a similar letter to the civil servants who have are incorrectly disgruntled, making claims on some of the state money in my care. Funny lot!
Take care. Continue to enjoy your rest at home!