If you observe very keenly, you are likely to see many state Governors, particularly first term Governors giving account of their 2nd year stewardship. Earlier yesterday, I watched the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwoolu who is also a first term Governor give a comprehensive account of his stewardship, an event that was showed live on several national televisions including Arise TV and ChannelsTV, not just the state-owned Lagos Television, LTV.
It should be noted that Thursday’s stewardship by Sanwoolu, is a culmination of ministerial reports by all the state commissioners who have since the beginning of May reeled out their achievements one after the other. Kaduna State, another All-Progressives Congress (APC) state is another example. Unlike in Lagos where Commissioners essentially reported to the Press, in Kaduna the modality is slightly different, the State commissioners and other senior government officials had to report their achievements to the Governor and in some cases the Deputy Governor, where the Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai is unavailable to take the briefing.
These examples of performance and accountability are not limited to Lagos and Kaduna, but I have chosen to deploy these examples since their records are their in the public space without dispute or any form of impeachment. With these examples, it is unlikely not to then understand why I started by describing the Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq’s government in Kwara State as that of sham and shame. If you are still in doubt why this appellation fits perfectly, let me help you understand it.
While the states mentioned earlier and several other ones are reeling their achievements in concrete terms and demonstrating what they have achieved in the last two years, it is sad that in my home state, Kwara, there is nothing to show other than emotional blackmail, incompetence and incapacity.
On Wednesday, I read in the news and saw pictures of how the Governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq was unashamedly celebrating the purchase of 10 tractors. I was not surprised, that is what governance has turned to in Kwara State, it is the rationalisation of mediocrity and celebration of failure and failed promises.
While other states reel out achievements and show performance, I am not surprised that the Kwara State Government has only had nothing to show. There is no record of performance because there is just nothing to show, it has been 2 years of blame game and blackmail. Governance in Kwara has almost become a circus, so much that the more you look is the less you are likely to see. In 2019, the Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq government claimed to be coming in on the wave of change, but if this is what they call change, I beg you to please take me back to pre-2019 where, despite the failings of the government of that era, you could still point at achievements, the pace of the achievement however may be contestable.
Since the commencement of this administration, Kwara, rather than rise, has continued to dip like cryptocurrency. An assessment of almost all the sectors will show you that it is no longer good in Kwara and that our yesterday is rather beginning to look like a silver lining compared to the hardship of today.
Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq promised to pay the minimum wage, till date he is yet to implement it in ful, there can’t be a better evidence of deceit and lies. When the governor came on board, realising the legality of the tenure of the local council chairmen, few months after that, in an apparent volte-face and cavalier manner, he suspended the local government Chairmen and recently appointed transition implementation committee chairmen for all the local government areas in a rather despotic and anarchical manner, which is against the spirit and letters of the constitution.
At least two things have been established, the governor is a dishonest man who lacks integrity and does not have due respect for the rule of law. Why then is he holding to power when he can barely obey the constitution. A lawless man like Abdulrahman is better served in a banana republic, that is where he belongs. He belongs in a utopian society, where there is no law and order and everyone is about self-interest, that is who this governor is.
In the last 2 years, I doubt there is an APC state chapter that is as divided as the one in Kwara State. The governor, an obviously ungrateful man, who only plays to the gallery in public has continued to destabilise the Kwara APC. I understand an APC chieftain lost his teeth the last time when they engaged in freefall, I hope he has found it or, perhaps, Abdulrahman has paid for his surgery. It is very disgraceful and embarrassing that the governor’s only achievement is the destabilisation of his party.
In the last 2 years, Abdulrahman has been running Kwara State like a fiefdom and an extension of his failed oil business. He ran the state for the most part without commissioners, the stuff of a sole administrator. The other time when I said Abdulrahman belongs to the Banana republic, I was not mincing words, he profits from chaos and disorganisation.
In the past, we were used to state governors meeting the press to give accounts of stewardship quarterly, I cannot recall this governor giving any stewardship. Some people said he is camera shy, others said he is not a good public speaker, but why did he run for governor when he knew he would be governing like someone behind a veil? I challenge the governor to stand before the press for 30 minutes to take questions and answer them extempore.
Generally, governance in Kwara has now been bastardised, there is nothing dignifying about its present crop of leaders. Some of them cannot even articulate simple English and, like the governor, most of them even have questionable academic records. To divert from their failings, they continue to witch-hunt the previous administration 2 years after, forgetting that will never take away from their failure. We will never forget.
2023 is coming and our only prayer is that this Abdulrahman’s government that we see today, we shall see no more. We would endure another 2 years of sham and shame, but never again!
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