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Open letter to Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki

*Omen of the end of Saraki dynasty are getting brighter

From Tajudeen Habeeb

Dear Dr Saraki Sir, may I out of utmost respect ask about your wellbeing the most revered leader of Kwara political atmosphere. It is my expectation that using all tools of measurement you are in good shape and state.

In the same vein I want to sincerely congratulate the party and the caucus you lead on your victory as announced by the body saddled with the responsibility of conducting the local government election. It is my hope that you understand that the pronouncement doesn’t go well with the vast majority of Kwarans, myself inclusive.

Your Excellency sir, at this epoch and critical period of our political journey in the state, considering the atmosphere as presented by Saturday the 18th of November 2017, I find it a point of responsibility writing this letter to you as a result of my personal respect for your personality (intellectual prowess) and my love for the task of “leadership”.

Distinguished Senate President sir, verily politics is that which has in its fold the term “dynasty” separation of this term from politics in my opinion isn’t visible. So, I am not one of those who wish the Saraki dynasty to fall because it exists but because it serves not the purpose it ought to serve considering our dear state of harmony’s growth in both human and capital development.

It is pertinent I however remind you here sir that leaders of thought in the world has since based their dynasty on ideology and thoughts. It is disheartening that the dynasty you lead as seen by Kwarans lack clear cut development cum progressive ideology or thoughts. This I will implore you to be patient with me while I prove.

Distinguished Senate President sir, permit me to cite sir, that in the contemporary world today with much peculiarity to the African continent two types of political leadership are being practiced. Instrumental and Societal leadership. It is however important I state here that Kwarans, especially the youths believed the former is what the dynasty portrayed. If not sir, how do we explain the abject level of poverty in the state with no leader taking any measure to drive the citizens out of this mess?

Your Excellency sir, it is further believed by the populace that the tactics employed by the Saraki dynasty is to inflict the generality of the citizens with suffering thereby subjecting them to the dictates of the dynasty. And in all honesty every actions and inactions of the dynasty has been pointing to this direction.

Your Excellency sir, how do one explain the scenario that has been playing out in the state for more than 30 months now, the SUBEB staffs, local Governments staffs, lecturers of the state owned tertiary institutions, the keep Kwara clean staffs has been languishing in pain as a result of the state Government’s insensitivity to their plight and suffering. Majority of them are owed six to nine months salaries, when paid it is half salaries yet the state government goes to the media with the tales of nobody is being owed a dime. Bulk of these people expected from their leaders a message of hope and solidarity. An action that speaks more than a volume. Speech that they share their pains. But then none is forth coming.

Your Excellency sir, do I need to spell it out, the continuous rise in the rate of unemployment and at the top of it is the continuous rise in the tuition fees of all tertiary institutions in the state. Industrial action has become a norm in all colleges of education in the state as a result of the government’s neglect. Despite the economic challenges and the rise in poverty as a result of non payment of salary.

The state Government out of sheer wickedness increased the tuition fee of the only state polytechnic. Series of peaceful demonstrations has been on for three weeks before the electioneering period. Yet, the state government sees it not as a responsibility addressing the students on the said increment with the intent of coming to their rescue. Rather a legal suit was initiated and the students paraded as criminals disturbing the peace of the community in the competent court of law.

Your Excellency sir, probably because your movement in the state has been restricted to and from the airport and state government reserved areas. A tour of the state through the state will show you a war ravaged area. The potholes on our roads are legendary that the taxi drivers has taken it to be a point for jesting “koto titi Kwara o fi ara bale, wo eyi to wu to kosi ni” that is, potholes in Kwara abound, all you need do is check the one you like most to ride in.”

The primary and secondary education sectors are in total collapse. The women have been turned to prostitute and the men turned beggars. The youths have turned cultist and thugs.

Distinguished Senate President sir, I do not know if indeed a review of the performance of every political office holder from the caucus is being done on yearly or tenure-based interval. For there has been declination in the performance of these privileged set of people. It is expected that a pace set by previous office holders be surpassed by the succeeding office holders this in every sane climes marks development cum progressiveness.

Kwarans has been praising the previous holders at the expense of the incumbents. As worst as Moshood Mustapha was as a Federal legislator he can’t be compared to the stagnant Atunwa. Ali Ahmad was a subject of castigation while serving in the lower chamber. Kannike has already surpassed his ineffectiveness in two years.

Your Excellency, Maigida your successor rolled in with the agenda legacy continue. But today all the legacies has already travelled into oblivion and no new others has been laid. This declination in the quality of representation is seen as a deliberate one. For how do we explain the systematic extinction of the good heads from the dynasty (former minister Eyitayo Alao) the demotion of the grassrooters (Wahab Issa and Gani Cook) the promotion of sycophants at the expense of the competent hands like Bolaji Abdullahi, Tunde Akanbi Oniyo and the likes. This has made the good people of Kwara conclude that, that is what the dynasty represents.

Your Excellency sir, Kwara youths doesn’t know how much lies you are being fed with by the vultures that surrounds you. But we are not sorry to say that vast majority of them lack vision as to progressiveness in the 21st century. They are a bunch of selfish entities who fed fat from the dynasty goodies with no intent of adding any value to the source of their wealth. It has however become a continuous question the reason as to why they are still within the fold of the Saraki dynasty. The answer provided by the majority agrees that the dynasty itself encouraged them to serve themselves and the dynasty and not the masses.

Your Excellency sir, with the current global development trend it is not expected of people like you to think giving the youths a thousand naira will win you an election. So as the Senate president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria by implication the number three citizen of the nation. The state especially the youths expected that they will feel more dividends of democracy through genuine entrepreneurship empowerment and employment.

I have used genuine facts to indicate the fact that there has been series of empowerment for the good boys as they were called in the political campus. And not for those who have the technical ability to grow the economy of the state thereby developing it.  But no hope of such is in the air.

Distinguished Senate President sir, the aforementioned points were the major considerations. Thus, the conclusion that the Saraki dynasty is lacking in progressive ideology and the more reason why it needs being ousted. Hence, the uproar as witnessed on the 18th of November 2017 during the local government elections in the state.

And to all Kwarans the outcomes in that elections signifies an end of an era. I do not know if Your Excellency sees it as such. But deep inside me I think it calls for a sober reflection from your camp.

Your Excellency sir, overwhelmingly Kwarans, in specific Ilorin people have shown the dynasty a lot of love and passion. In return they expect a leader who cares and share their pains. And seeing it is not forthcoming the people decided to revolt.

As a leader I expect that you must have seen this coming considering series of protests and agitations that has been held both physically and virtually in the past. Sincerely, we do expect that some changes would be initiated. One wonders why such wasn’t the case confirming the assertion that the dynasty is retrogressive in nature.

Your Excellency sir, I have written not just to bore you with rhetorics. Rather, I have written to intimate you in clear terms what is expected of the dynasty you lead. It is glaring that all is not well between the dynasty and the people it is supposed to lead and see as followers.

2019, is around the corner, I think there is need for critical retraction of the political dynasty’s step in finding lasting solutions to its problems. If the political dynasty you are leading is still thinking about its relevance in the future of Kwara’s political discourse.

Distinguished Senate President sir, may I then suggest the best way out as an ordinary citizen who has independently conducted a survey on the leadership problems in the state.

Your Excellency sir, in fixing the problem of the political dynasty the first step as suggested by the survey is:

  • Allowing new brains into the fold of the dynasty and doing away with the redundant entities who are just today filling a space with no any electoral value.
  • Running an open and transparent system of governance by allowing people to grow to their peak.
  • Giving room for competency and not sycophancy
  • Allowing professionals in the areas where needed. Education with more specification considering merit.
  • Create a more conducive environment and a level playing ground where all voices are heard.
  • Find, identify and oust liars and pretenders around you.
  • Think of a way to improve the living conditions of Kwarans through economic reforms and not cash inducement.
  • Strengthen our social and political institutions.
  • Review the tax process and the channel its being directed to. Tax payers money must be felt in schools and hospitals.
  • Create jobs through viable and sustainable empowerments.
  • At the end try being a good leader. Be a following leader and not a leading leader.

Considering all the above suggestions against 2019, might still be difficult to win but will surely help a good deal. Remember, 2019 is nearer. Delay might be dangerous.

Your Excellency sir, it is my sincere hope that you will consider my points, extract the best from it. And reform the dynasty to the best level it can serve the general masses.

May I on this note wish you the best and guidance of Allah while you serve out the remains of your tenure in office and beyond that time if indeed the dynasty will survive this test of time.

Let history record this as our attempt to salvage the long built glory and image of the Saraki dynasty. Take heed as its preferable to sacrifice.

Thanks and God bless.

Tajudeen Habeeb, writes from the ancient city of Ilorin. He can be contacted through the e-mail tallest2015@gmail.com

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