By Concerned Citizens of Ekiti
It was Plato who once listed the two things a person should never be angry at, as what they can help and what they cannot help.
Mahatma Ghandi followed Plato’s postulation up by also identifying anger and intolerance as the two enemies of correct understanding.
But Senator Babafemi Abdulganiyy Ojudu, a Nigerian senator of the 7th National Assembly and two-term Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, has decided to discountenance the two unsolicited advices. Rather, he has chosen the path of anger, not minding what the words of these two sages meant.
We know why. Ojudu is our clansman, we know he is perpetually angry and he cannot hide his anger. It is deep seated, he is seething with it, so much that he carries it like a cross, making everyone to wonder if it is not his greatest undoing.
Ojudu’s anger has eaten deep into his fabric. Deservingly or not, he is always looking for a popular figure to unleash it at. This time, it is unleashed at his bosom friend, colleague, compatriot, comrade, state governor and even his political benefactor, Dr. John Kayode Fayemi, CON. Don’t ask us what’s amiss. Ojudu has chosen Fayemi as his victim, and so be it.
But why should Ojudu’s people treat him like a leper and avoid him like a plague? Why? Well, some of them have argued that he is both his own enemy and the enemy of his people.
They argued that the prejudice of their _omiye_ against brother JKF is misplaced and misconceived, yet it so thick that one can slice through it with a knife. It is baseless and unreasonable, they said. But Ojudu cannot just hold back against his friend, they argued also.
Ojudu is today the self-styled fault-finder-in-chief of Gov Fayemi. He has assigned himself the task, not because of what Fayemi has done or not done, but because it has to do with who Ojudu is. It is innate, it is self-inflicted and it is self-destructing.
Let no one therefore think it can be doused by any nicety from Fayemi. Just like a scorpion must sting without reason, so also Ojudu must beef Fayemi without reason.
But why is Ojudu angry? Ojudu is angry because his relevance is dwindling both locally and nationally. He is adorned as the President’s political adviser, but when last has Ojudu seen the President one-on-one, let alone advise him.? That is enough to cause anger. Just like anyone else, Ojudu reads what goes on inside Aso Rock in the dailies, hears it on the radio and watches it on the TV. If in doubt, ask Senator Ojudu to show you a memo minuted to him by Mr. President to either advise him or act.
Ojudu is angry that he has not been able to gather anyone politically for Mr. President, especially from the South West. He is suspecting that Fayemi must have usurped his function in this area by building political bridges, which should be his (Ojudu’s) duty as the Political Adviser to Mr. President. Thus, what Ojudu cannot achieve through political impact, he intends to get through political blackmail. This calls for anger, doesn’t it?
Remember when Ojudu asked his people not to ask him for any favor any longer since he was no more a senator? Ojudu is now angry that none of them has died of hunger even when they no longer beg him for food.
And isn’t it enough a reason to be angry that when Ojudu dropped out from the party primary race in 2018, none of his people asked him why or begged him to return? Rather, they all queued behind Fayemi, the person he had traduced.
Ojudu is angry because till date, no one bothers to question how he spent his senatorial largesse. He represented his people for four years at the hallowed chamber, he earned N35m monthly, he got N260m annually for constituency projects, amounting to N1.04bn in four years, yet he could not point at any project he did in his senatorial district, save a phoney library he attempted to build at Ikoro, which at best now harbour’s an Iroko tree. Add to this the fact that no one from Ekiti has benefitted from Ojudu’s earnings to date, especially now that he has warned them to take their _oju kokoro_ eyes off his wealth. Then you will agree that it calls for serious anger.
What baffled many Ekiti people about Ojudu’s mean nature is that, not only that no Ekiti person benefitted from Ojudu while he was a Senator, his own father suffered and died in a ramshackled building with a decrepit old latrine and bathroom attached to the house which had almost collapsed!
Pictures of these were once displayed on the social media! As if that was not enough, Ojudu did not give his father a befitting burial! Up till today, his kinsmen in Ado Ekiti are still asking him when he will give his father a befitting burial. So if somebody who was a Senator treated his own father in such a shameful manner, how do you expect him to treat other people? Ojudu can only sneak in and out of Ekiti in the dead of the night because people are angry with him and he knows the fate that awaits him if seen on the streets of Ekiti!
Ojudu is not only angry, he is equally ignorant, and we know why as well.
Imagine, Ojudu, the President’s political adviser, is ignorant of what funds go to the different states on month-by-month basis.
In his ignorance, Ojudu likened what gets to his state, Ekiti, to what gets to Borno as monthly allocation. He exposed his poor knowledge of how Nigeria is currently being funded.
Shouldn’t someone just tell Ojudu that Borno and Ekiti are not getting the same funds? Borno is regarded as a disaster zone, and thus gets special intervention called Natural Disaster Fund monthly. This is meant to protect and rebuild the state. Ekiti is not classified as a disaster zone and does not get such fund. So while Borno goes home with about N11bn monthly, Ekiti comes home with paltry N2.7bn.
Ojudu’s analogy is therefore likened to comparing an apple with a _goro_. But could Ojudu have known this fact? Yes, he could, and he would if he had bothered to enquire before rushing to criticize his friend turned foe.
Today, our clansman, Ojudu is the poster boy for bigotry in Ekiti. We trace his story from the first civilian governor of the state, Otunba Niyi Adebayo, to the second, Ayo Fayose 1, to the third, Asiwaju Segun Oni to the fourth JKF 1 to the fifth Fayose 2 and now to the sixth, JKF 2. The conclusion is that Ojudu is one and the same bigot.
Ojudu has all along floated different anti-establishment groups, too numerous to mention, all with the intention to crash his party and the state.
Those groups are only good as blackmailing tools and are as relevant for as long as Ojudu has not been “settled.” Once settled, Ojudu would opt out of them, leaving them to crash on the head of his undiscerning followers.
That is the Ojudu we know and have as our clansman. We are assuring you that you have not heard the last from him yet, and you haven’t heard the last uof him either. We bet, our clansman, Ojudu, still has his eyes on becoming the governor our state. To our man, to rise, you must first destroy. Do not say we did not tell you.