I will still urge and plead with my people NOT to let these disastrous rulers of their states realise their inordinate, perverse, self-seeking, narcissist, insensitive and uncaring ambitions. Most of them are supposed to be in jail, not making laws
Mental Energy is love and desire like basic need after food and shelter; but these are instinctual. They may change or not last, so cannot be reliable every time. Most depend on prayers to gods that never fails, sun or goodwill that made a difference
Amosun vs Deputy: In court of public opinion
Dear Uncle Tunde Fagbenle,
Thank you for your column ‘The way it is’ of 9th &16th of November 2014 on Gov Amosun and his estranged deputy. I think what is wrong with Nigeria politicians is that they are not being grateful to God. In the midst of 170 million Nigerians who are either jobless or poverty stricken, one or two who are allocated with so many cars are complaining. Before they became governor and deputy governor, how many cars do they have to themselves or do they even have the opportunity to be exposed to this life of luxury?
Moreover, in the last three years the deputy governor has been in that position, why didn’t he complain to the party state executives or the national for possible reconciliatory moves? I don’t have belief in Nigeria politicians, they don’t behave like people who are well educated and polished, their era is even worse than the ‘wetie’ era.
Olugbenga Adesegun (08023227249)
Please stick to your principle of not getting involved or commenting on political issues. You cannot “say it the way it is” in Nigerian politics. Those politicians know how they settle their matters. That is why they defect from party A to party B for selfish ends and back to party A for further selfish ends. No principle, no ideology and also they say that there are no permanent enemies in politics again for their own selfish ends! Let us continue to enjoy your column. Cheers and God bless.
Oyeniran Abel Olujare (email@example.com)
I am particularly impressed with the response of Adesegun. It punctures your report on the issue and raises a lot of question on the relationship between the governor and the Deputy. Moreover, it provides another angle to the incomplete research trip you made. Truly “performance without humanity is nonsense”, but can one perform without being judged as having performed well? What would be the reference for performance? Reference of the elite or that of the people? So which reference can be judged as close to humanity?
Let me not digress. TF please do a good job on this so that we your fans don’t get disappointed or mistrust your positions and consider your column not as saying it “the way it is” but “the way you see it” or “the way you choose to see it”.
Collins Opara (firstname.lastname@example.org)
It’s rather unfortunate that such a letter as published in your article can emanate from a person holding such high office as the Deputy Governor of a state, of an administration he is meant to be a part of. I wonder what the Deputy Governor categorises as “performance”.
It is only appropriate that such letter is published for the Nigerian populace to see the thinking of our politicians who engage in the practice of calling a dog a bad name in order to hang it.
The state has witnessed massive infrastructural development over the last three and a half years of Governor Amosun’s administration, apart from the fact that it is the state with the highest concentration of industries in Nigeria, a fact that has even been acknowledged by the Nigerian President, being of an opposition party.
Thankfully the assessment of performance or otherwise, of a serving Governor, lies not with the political elite, but with the masses who are the eventual beneficiaries of such infrastructural development.
Regards always Sir,
Tayo Odukomaiya (email@example.com)
Dear Uncle Tunde,
If really the story said by the Deputy Governor of Ogun state published in the Sunday PUNCH newspaper of the 16th was true I think we shouldn’t play politics with bitterness. They should correct the Governor please. There must be peace in Ogun State. I am from Abeokuta, Ogun State. Please let there be peace. Then why are we blaming Jonathan for removing Tambuwal’s aides? Please, my Governor I’m begging, bring him closer, he is your deputy. I beg you in the name of God. God will lead you through and bless you all. Iluwa atubo gberu si. Ase. Ee O
Muyiwa George (firstname.lastname@example.org
I read the prince’s letter and it’s very worrying. I believe there is something very fundamentally wrong with us as a people! Government in his eyes is to serve civil servants and politicians and he sees this as a legitimate purpose of government. Look at his introduction, it’s full of what he has been, no mention of what he achieved or took part in achieving. I believe your summary is spot on. These guys are all about themselves! Is there any hope for Nigeria?
Tunde Suleiman 08070790212
Mr Tunde Fagbenle’s column on November 9, 2014 is not the way it is because l don’t think he resides in our state. What Mr. governor did to his deputy was the same thing he did to the party members. Only his favourites that moved from ANPP to ACN benefit from his government. Owe Yoruba: ode to lo soko to ni oun pa eran meje, o de ile, o te omo adie meje pa. Ti ti’nu igbo ko se oju wa ti ile nko? So this is what we’re facing in our state. We’re tired of self-centered government. Mr Tunde Fagbenle your column is very good and courageous; please beware of the Ejiogbe’s contender.
Dear Uncle Tunde,
I have just read the response of the deputy governor of Ogun State to your piece of last week and I have this to say: It is the case that some of us read your Sunday column because of your forthrightness, incisiveness and balanced judgment of issues. Again we also get a lot of social education from your articles. But I want you to enter a caveat here by staying out of murky water of politics. The dangers in it amongst others are, you will soon be labelled a supporter of one camp or the other and your column, which we cherish so much, will lose its credibility and acceptance. Just as the Bible says, “iron sharpeneth iron.” Let the politicians sort themselves out. End of discussion.
Barrister Bello Kazeem Adesina. (08033312550)
I saw your write-up on the saga in Ogun State, but what amazes me most is that you don’t put yourself in his shoes. Go to Okemosan and do your findings. You will know it was never easy for the DG. Let us try to be objective and have the fear of God. Money you spend but your honour and respect I fear for. Tunde, try to be on the path of honour. This your ‘development’ syndrome is exploitation strategy known to all. Go to Ondo and see ‘all round developments:’ Education, Heath, Agriculture, etc. Please don’t deceive us. Thanks.
Otunba Dayo Solomon. (08032196692)
What does Adesegun mean, you didn’t cross-check with him. Didn’t he raise the issues first and publicly too? Is not the sensible thing to hear the Governor’s side and leave the matter to readers’ opinion? He is the accuser. Maybe what he is trying to say is that we should believe him without hearing the Governor. What manner of a man. He can’t eat his cake and have it. Kudos, Fagbenle
Kunle Alabi 08021215258
Mr Segun Adesegun’s write up has confirmed him to be a self-centered man who is in politics for himself and his family. Do not allow his insults to deter or discourage you. Unfortunately 99% of our politicians think and behave like him. We look up to people like you for direction.
Yemi Aborisade, Amuwo-Odofin, Lagos 08037165948
The situation where you always think that APC governors are saints while others are evil will affect the respect people have for your column. I will advise that you watch your romance with APC or else people will take your articles as another Ejiogbe. And that is saying it the way it is.
Bode Ajibola, Ilorin 08064134145
What makes for happiness in today’s Nigeria. My bet is it has to be ignorance. It is said to be bliss but if it were not bliss I could not imagine what else would make anybody able to read newspaper be disposed to smiling in Nigeria today.