Makinde and the legend of 100 days

Oyo state governor, Engr Seyi Makinde
Oyo state governor, Engr Seyi Makinde

I am sick and tired of people forcing me to research Seyi Makinde’s governance strides in the first 100 days! There’s nothing special about 100 days! A fertile couple might be celebrating conception within that period while another chooses to delay theirs. A dead body begins the process of autolysis or self-digestion before 100 hours.

If you ask Sai Baba there’s nothing special about the first 100 days. 100 days is just another scam invented by state actors to write memos to senior state actors for permission to waste the people’s resources. We name our children after seven or eight days and they grow to become giants.

Seyi Makinde, the not-so-young oil and gas engineer governor of Oyo State has been trending on social media for mundane reasons forcing me to reconsider my citizenship. He won elections against all bookmakers and despite the influence of ‘Constituted Authority,’ Buoda Siaka Abiola Ajimobi – so what? Yeye Bello became governor without receiving a single vote. Only Boris Johnson could beat that feat.

Makinde announced free education and gave textbooks to his pupils. The textbooks had no embossed governor’s image making it easy for thieves to steal and sell to states not impressed by free anything. That is actionable for a man who has waived his immunity. The last time someone endorsed a free education policy in the old Western region, his wife supplied the writing materials! It didn’t stop him from becoming a legend!

Makinde donated his N650,000 salary to the Teachers Pension Fund in Oyo State, yes. The young chap is worth N48 billion! How much does operation feed the governor amala and gbegiri cost? Which prophet, aafaa or babalawo gets the security votes?

If I had a quarter of Makinde’s wealth, I’ll buy one of the ten islands listed for sale to the highest bidder in different parts of Canada. Each of these islands is worth far less than the price of a condo in any major town in the only True North. If Makinde changes his mind, I promise to share the commission with Kogi’s unpaid workers.

Prompt payment of salaries, another cardinal principle of the Makinde government could contribute to overpopulation in the largest city in West Africa. It helps people plan when they know that their take home pay comes unfailingly by the 25th of the month. Pensioners who get paid automatically don’t die on verification queues. Has governor Makinde thought about what happens to a state with too many old people?  It is what research has taught him that makes Yeye Bello embrace the policy of not paying salaries and pensions as and when due. In Kogi, the young shall grow, but the old should die.

The Oyo State governor has waived his immunity from prosecution. Now, this is a very dangerous thing to do. Immunity waivers could empower hecklers. By preserving his immunity, Saint Gandollar was able to send a critic, Mohammed Yusuf, aka AGY to two years imprisonment for waxing a song critical of the governor in Kano State. Immunities are kept for impunities and someone should tell Makinde that governance creates room for impunities.

Seyi Makinde has received adulation for appointing a woman as secretary to the government, SSG, the first in the history of Oyo State. I laugh at this one. The Emir of Bourdillon and by the special grace of God, Jagaban of APC politrics Bola Ahmed Tinubu once appointed a woman as SSG in honour of affirmative action. It didn’t work out, for the same reason Remi did not accept polygamy. Let’s hope Makinde does not beat Tinubu’s record of one deputy per month.

Leaving ‘those who worked for his election’ Seyi Makinde broke the record by appointing a 27-year old ‘youth’ as commissioner for his peers. This sad development led to protests from the not-too-old-to-be-youth groups but Makinde stood his ground. If Ibadan were Hong Kong, these demonstrators would have shut it down until he finds an experienced 70-year-old as youth commissioner.

Before leaving office, Buoda Siaka passed a budget of N285 billion into law. Makinde was worried that Oyo had no cash to back this up and slashed it by N103 billion. This oil and gas magnate doesn’t even have the liver to borrow for an upcoming generation. A governor that spends only what he has, is that one a governor or a stingo? Here is the end of the matter, I won’t be changing citizenship for now. I’ll wait until Makinde ends his term as the way he started – without scandals.

I’ve been wondering how proud one would be to be a citizen of Okitipupa LGA. It’s chairman, the very respected Omo’ba Abayomi Adesanya is setting a leadership standard of some sorts. A week ago, this respected youth purchased and launched four ochara, aka tear-rubber tyres for a Toyota Hummer Bus abandoned for seven years by his predecessors. Not hoping to be dumped in the hall of shame, he went on social media to announce it. Now that has convinced me to appreciate Yeye Bello who gleefully announced why he deserves a second term for getting a Buhari lifeline to pay his backlog of salaries.

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