DEAR GOVERNOR FASHOLA, I UNDERSTAND
My Dear Gov,
It is with pleasure I’m writing you this letter, I’m sure you’ll get it in peace and joy.
Before I go into this piece, please let me assure you that I love everything Nigeria, I love Goodluck Jonathan (Yes, as hard as it may sound), I love you and the Asiwaju clan, I love Doctors, Lawyers, Engineers, Almajiris and everyone in this great country. I can even assure you that I love David Mark (as sinister as it may look, I do. Yes!). I also understand that the type of man you are makes you love your wife, this great country, Lagos state, the President, Asiwaju and the gang…….everyone in our geographical demarcation too.
Guess we have so much in common then!
I understand why you contested, yes I do. To give us good governance, continuity and representation in Lagos state because you believe in service. I’m sure you are explicitly committed to making Lagos the envy of other states.
I do understand why you have to re-tax us on the Lekki toll, and why you have to force it down our throat too; humans for what we are do resist change and we have to be coerced. I see your point with the police, the beatings, the arrest and defiance…..I honestly understand.
You have to believe me when I say that I understand your position on Okadas (menacing around the metropolis like dons), most accidents are caused by these folks because they want to fend for their families. I do understand why their families have to suffer because you want your “state” clean and structured, I understand. I even hate their guts sometimes; I’ve been scratched physically several times by okadas……..my car bumper looks like an “alapata” table through the exorcism they’ve performed on it.
Without any hidden agenda, I understand why Asiwaju had to lock down Lagos for his birthday (he has been a “first class” Lagos citizen who gave us the opportunity to witness a thinking governor like you), he governed us through the “fiery” Obasanjo times and Local government brouhaha. I even understand the N100 million naira donation from you and your colleagues in ACN towards the celebration (Asiwaju deserves the best, I guess).
I believe and understand your point with the doctors. They have to be taught a lesson for daring to question the state government that has been feeding them through this “Naija situation”, they’ve been very greedy and unprofessional sometimes (how can you leave people to die because you want an implementation on your salary). How dare they take your kindness for weakness? How dare they fail to fall into line when told to go back to work? How dare they ask for an implementation of a better salary in this “Naija situation”?
I acknowledge your revered position as a “reading governor”, a SAN, an eminent statesman, a society changer, a thinking governor………they are testaments to your approach and learned opinions, you’ve been a “breath of fresh air” to us amid this “penkelemess Goddy” situation.
I understand, more than you think.
But I have to ask you Sir:
Why must we pay toll for a road not actually built by you? A road renovated and redecorated (obviously better than before) but opened right before you came in. Why must it be at the cost of difficulty to people plying this road? Why must you tramp on people’s right just to implement an unpopular policy?
We were there when you came on TV to side with the people’s right to protest during Occupy Nigeria, why didn’t you practice what you preached for Lekki protesters? Was it because it wasn’t directly aimed at you?
Why must a learned Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) such as yourself ban Okadas without an associated law? Do you understand the difference between Democracy and Democrazy? Why must Okadas pay all those exorbitant fees to Lagos for registration and clearance, when you knew they weren’t going to ply the roads? Why must you seize people’s instrument of living and refuse to give it back when the court deemed your actions as “illegal” and an “abuse” of executive powers? Why must responsible tax payers suffer and grumble because the government has declared war on their chosen profession/trade? Will the Lagos state government create/provide alternative sources of living for these people sir?
Sir, must an individual’s celebration cause such a traffic gridlock to a commercial metropolis like Lagos where Time equals money? Inasmuch as I find it hard to believe that you will dip into state funds to celebrate your predecessor and benefactor, you stiℓℓ did not categorically refute these claims. Did you contribute to Asiwaju’s birthday celebration from the state’s purse?
I’m sorry for these questions. How can I (an ordinary Nigerian) ask you all these questions?
Who am I (a lowly average citizen, not even a SAN) to question you?
Yet, I will ask a few more.
My dear governor, why did a “learned, thinking and reading governor” fall into the autocratic bracket? Was sacking all the doctors on the Lagos state government payroll the only solution? Why did the government sign an agreement it didn’t intend to see through? Why was your “head of service” so laid back on the issue of meeting with the doctors for about four months before the issue degenerated?
The more pertinent questions are:
How did you get 373 doctors to replace the sacked 788 when the total number of doctors shared by the 36 states of Nigeria is 3,041 (remove 788 and do the calculation)? Is this not a case of putting our lives into more danger by employing “corper doctors” because of your arrogance? Why does Lagos government pay the state judges higher than those in Federal service, but finds it hard to pay doctors equivalent of the federal CONMESS?
Now, this: why must you eject the doctors from their apartment with a day’s notice? Did you not sign a tenancy law that gives 6months for ejection? Was the law made for mere mortals like us, but your majesty can flout it?
These are all simple questions for a learned individual like you, but like all others before me……..I’m not expecting a reply because I’m just an “ordinary bloody Nigerian”.
No sir! I’m not a doctor and I don’t like PDP (I know what I said earlier, PDP is the exception but you’re fast getting into that bracket).
Thank You Sir
PS: Read the short mathematical sequel to this piece here: MUCH ADO ABOUT THE CON-MESS STRIKE http://zebbook.wordpress.com/2012/05/12/much-ado-about-the-con-mess-strike/