The mistake that is Aregbesola
When I heard that workers in Osun State have declared to begin an indefinite strike following the refusal of the state government to revert to paying them full salary and arrears despite the receipt of the third tranche of N6.3 billion Paris Club loan refund, my mind went to this saying by Mehmet Murat ildan.
According to the Turkish writer, “If your country is governed by the most stupid people, it is vital for you to continue going up personally while your nation and your country is going down because your country will inevitably collapse and it will be in need of people like you, people who managed to improve themselves while everything else was falling and deteriorating!”
There is little argument that Osun state has one of the most stupid governors ever in not only its history, but the whole of Nigeria.
In his almost seven years mis-governance of Osun state, Rauf Aregbesola, has given the people the short end of the stick from being unable to pay salaries even before most governors joined the fray to renaming the state and introducing religious slant to education in the state.
It is something of a cheer that the workers under the umbrella of the Osun State Joint Public Service Negotiating Council have decided to take the bull by the horns by shunning the handouts of the governor.
In the notice of the strike, the workers said; “Consequent upon the refusal of the government of Osun State to accede to the demands of the workers and pensioners as contained in our letter of Tuesday, December 5, 2017, the workers of Osun State will be proceeding on an indefinite strike by 27th December, 2017.”
Without shame, the governor in a statement pleaded that the workers should exercise more patience till the state was able to revert to paying full salary.
For how long will the indigenes of the state put up with Aregbesola and his party, the APC, before their patience finally runs out? Well, the weeks are drawing closer and only the anger at the ballot will salvage the state from the mistake of Aregbesola.