Open Letter To Governor Amosun By Whyte Habeeb Ibidapo
I remain Habeeb Whyte and I am still obliged with the responsibility that life placed on me to suggest a path towards developmental attempt as regards the youth constituency in general. I am writing this to you as a concerned youth of Ogun state, and not as someone who wants to gain cheap attention from your Excellency. I write this as a pen pusher that is ready to change the cause of his generation, using the pen and advocacy. I hail from Abeokuta where residents do not speak out of fear, but where they speak so that changes could be effected. My purpose comes with justification- your administration cheated on my colleagues and I.
Your Excellency, I want to say that your administration has in no doubt done a lot of good things in our beloved state. Beyond sentiments, my state is now enviable among states in Nigeria. The infrastructural developments are really worth the commendation, and they pass as adorable. I have no option than to say thank you for this. I guess this was part of the reasons why the good people of the state insisted that you are elected into power to continue the good work. I thank God you are elected again because if not, I would not be writing this letter to you. I would assume that writing you would be an effort in futility if you had not been elected again.
I want to state for the records that I was part of the Nigerian Law School students’ for the 2013/2014 session from Ogun State. I want to say that it was really a good thing to have hailed from the state that produced students from various universities in the country and still emerged victorious despite the fact that your administration gave no support to us. We are done from the Nigerian Law School and we are now lawyers. The struggles of our parents were never in vain. We were never supported by your administration in any way and dare say that any attempt by your administration to boast that the law school students of the 2013/2014 session were aided with cash of any amount is nothing but a blatant lie and a grave attempt to deceive the populace. Your Excellency Sir, I concede that it is not only a moral shame, but also a grave distortion of fact that such a release emerged and your revered office stands to garner encomium for such omission.
I need to bring to your notice, that Your Excellency had misled the Nigerian populace in your address that was made available on the Ogun State website. The piece is titled Address Delivered by the Governor Of Ogun State, His Excellency, Senator Ibikunle Amosun FCA, on the Second Anniversary of His Administration in Paragraph 8, Line 12 – 13 where your Excellency emphatically, but falsely said that, ‘we also invested N120million on Bursary, Scholarship and grants to 10,770 students of Ogun State Origin ranging from N100, 000 paid to students in the Law School to N10, 000 each pupils with special needs in primary school’.
Sir, my concern in this speech is the aspect where you said your administration gave N100, 000 to Law school students. This information that you have made available to Nigerians across the globe is false sir. Your administration did not give us money as a form of bursary throughout and after our stay in the Nigerian Law School. No doubt you raised our doubts in your campaign before emerging that you were going to increase the law school bursary from the conventional 50,000 to 100, 000. This we only benefitted on papers, not in reality. I remembered during our stay at the Nigerian Law School at the Bwari campus, we had a particular meeting with the liaison officer of Ogun state in Abuja and he told us categorically that bursary was never our right and that we should not expect anything form the government. He said if the government has, we would be given and if not, we should forget about it. After several attempts form our executives back then, we did not got a penny. However, we know that the then Governor of Lagos State and his Kano counterpart did fulfilled their own promises to students from their states.
Sir, the statement made by you which is not true is very disheartening to us. It means that money were actually released from the state treasury but were not disbursed to us. Your speech, having proven to be false can be described as a gross demonstration of lack of accountability, and this has been reputed to haunt down a million and one institutions. If it is about the Nigerian law school set of 2013/2014 which you claim benefited from your administration, I make bold to say that your Excellency lied. I would urge you to please respect us as not only indigenes of Ogun state, but as youths that believed in your governance even after you have betrayed our electoral confidence and spirit of accountability. I would urge you to please in no time as you read this make an open apology to all law school students of the 2013/2014 session for alleging that you paid us when you did not. Such act is unbecoming of any man, let alone a person in whom the populace reposed their collective confidence via votes.
I must let you know that all of us are now lawyers and we are doing well. The non-payment of the bursary never stopped God’s glory in our lives. I would urge you to please set the records right for the sake of posterity. We can take all things, not lies that are made at our expense for the purpose of covering what is open to God. This is not an allegation on your Excellency but a fact devoid of falsity. I dare challenge anyone form your office or your Excellency to say boldly that we have been paid the money as stated in your speech. We take solace in the fact that we are where we are today by God’s grace, and for cheating on us, we forgive you. If others have not or cannot, I have forgiven you. I would urge you to please endeavour to pay the 2014/2015 Ogun Law school students the bursary because I gathered authoritatively that they have not been paid also.
WHYTE HABEEB IBIDAPO is a Lawyer, United Nations Award winner, Africa International Arbitration Award winner, Coca cola/ The Nation Campuslife Award Winner, Promasidor Runner-up for the Best Future Writer in Nigeria, i-Hustle Campaign Initiative Ambassador and Editor Egba Youth Awards Foundation.