By Hon. Kehinde Ayoola, J.P
There is no such thing as Honorary Membership of the House of Assembly as allegedly conferred on Gov Raufu Aregbesola by the OSHA to mark his 60th birthday.
The Honorable members of OSHA have, by so doing, just carried bootlicking to its very nadir.
When a governor celebrates his 60th or 600th birthday, all that is required of the members of the House, as per decency, is to wish him many happy returns. They could then choose to attend Jumat service and later retire to the Government House for sumptuous lunch (paid for by the people of course).
On the 20th January, 1999 (which was about a week after my 34th birthday), Lam Adesina became 60 years old. There was even no House of Assembly (we weren’t inaugurated until 4 months later) nor a sumptuous lunch to start with. The man celebrated 61st, 62nd, 63rd, 64th, 65th birthdays while in office and no comets were seen neither did the people bought Aso Oke etc.
When the Exco and the House become cosy like this , the people are the losers!
Serious matters of urgent public importance like nonpayment of salaries, provision of infrastructure and security then become issues to be discussed over choice wines, cigars and back-slapping.
The people will be told to go to hell.
And yet these are people who lay claim to the progressivism of Awolowo and Bola Ige!
These are also, sadly, part of the reasons people may celebrate wildly in the unthinkable event that a military coup takes place.
Gbo mi daadaa (hear me well)!
May God please judge our leaders!
Hon. Ayoola, J.P is a former Speaker of the Oyo State House of Assembly