Let me start by recounting that some men who claimed to be saint in the Lucky Igbenedion’s administration were the destructors.
Whereas, a onetime chief of staff, a revered and most powerful Secretary to the state government in that era, a pastor of politics and desperado for power, had all the opportunities to support and advise his boss to build the state and provide the basic needs for his people.
They squandered all the resources that abundantly accrued to Edo people, they built empires for themselves, acquired the best and lucrative wares, bought houses in different cities and perpetually denied the people of Edo state their rightful place as a developed City in Nigeria. They looted Edo state to the bone and to irredeemable state of clemency.
They built no schools, they constructed no road, no borehole, no jobs, the environment were in shambles, no hospitals or health centers, no scholarship, no student support program, they encouraged prostitution, they encouraged robbery, but there was money in the system, enough to build shopping malls, enough to create jobs, they share our allocations among their leaders and contracted our IGR as political patronage to their puppets. They had opportunity to employ doctors, teachers, but they employed semi literates teachers, unskilled doctors and lazy civil servant in the name of “MAN KNOW MAN”, not by merit, but by sham. While our youth graduate and migrate to seek greener pastures in unknown places and lost their lives in the process, all these Edo people will not forget in a hurry.
They thought they would remain in power forever, never did they realized their time was up, they switched allegiance hoping to remain at the corridors of power, but their greed to become governor for the sake of power has left them wondering about returning to their defecation after they stool.
How can they do what they failed to do yesterday? How will they undo what they did yesterday? What excuse are they giving us? That they were in charge but bewitched by their God fathers??
I remember they led a group called “NO MAN IS GOD” but today they have returned to the same man. The party they accused of driving them into corruption is the same party they have returned.
It is clear that they are impotent in domestic affairs, as they lost credit in Lucky Igbenedion’s administration, they lost credit forever; certainly it was a wasted opportunity and limbo as men of yesterday looking for a channel to gas into political air.
Who are they?
They are the real enemy of Edo people who live on our common patrimony, the men that claimed the future is now, unfortunately their future is already decayed; it was wasted and far past, gone into oblivion.
I wish to postulate that; the social structures of Edo State, Namely Politics, Economy Religion and Ethnicity, Law, Health e.t.c cannot cope with the ideas of yesterday; it has evolved, metamorphosed into a global framework where men are decisively rational in a new order. That amend has been made and so, the people of Edo State will not be taken one hundred times backwards to yesterday.
Their opportunity has been wasted, their cry is foul, and they are lost in good habits pretending to be what they are not. They are men of yesterday and we have passed their future, we are now in the “ERA OF TECHNOCRATS”. A new political order; they cannot adapt to it.
The Future Is On!!!
Honourable Friday Freeman Aghedo;a Political Scientist and Public Affairs Commentator contributed this piece from Benin City,Nigeria.