Since 2003, the good people of Oyo state have known no peace. Like their kith and kin in Ekiti and Anambra states, they bore the burden of quarrelsome leadership and a morally bankrupt ruling party. The state has been held under the spell of thugs and charlatans for the past five years. Impeachment, counter impeachment, court battles, machete fights and assassination has been the modus operandi of the demons tormenting the state. How did Oyo state get into the mess? How can the good people of this state emancipate themselves?
In Oyo state, Adedibu the die hard political thug and amala political warlord is law. What he does has the sanction and backing of the mafia that have held our nation under a strong spell since 1999. Never in the political history of modern or medieval
More recently a new dimension and a curious twist have been added to this drama. After commandeering the Agodi Government House for his godson (Alao Akala alias Bobo Yellow), Lamidi Adedibu has now turned his thugs on the civil servants of that state. Common labor dispute is now settled with machete cuts and bloodied civil servants. It has never gotten this base in the contentious political history of that state. Politics in Oyo state is not a walk over –not by anyone’s imagination. Besides the Old Ondo state known for its petition writing citizens hardly could any state match the dynamism of political administration in Oyo. Even military men sent to pacify this state and her restless citizens tried but failed. How can we forget Colonel Usman who sought to shake Oyo people down but was shaken out? The cabinet in Agodi is replete with remains of failed governors and administrators; you guess right- the civil servants were the undertakers.
But as I write, even the much feared Oyo state civil service is now at the mercy of these thugs. All they wanted was to be properly remunerated. All they fought for was a decent pay. Adedibu and his thugs sensing a reduction in their monthly cut of the state allocation will have none of it. They sent their agents of evil to torment the workers. Machete cut of varying degrees were inflicted on participants of a peaceful protest in
The trouble with Oyo state is the problem of my people: plain naivety. In 2003, everyone near Agodi thought they knew the problem of Oyo state. They thought the right thing to do was to ditch old man Lam Adesina and go with treacherous Lam Adedibu. They may share a common first name, but Adedibu and Adesina sure have different meanings in ijinle Yoruba (ask for translation). The few thoughtful people left in Oyo state before that election warned of the perdition that was about to overtake the land but no one paid attention. Oyo people were carried away by the braggadocio of the military collaborators turned godfathers that oiled the PDP machinery in Oyo state. How can an illiterate thug be expected to deliver what a seasoned school teacher could not bring out of the hat? Leave that answer to the civil service and
It is very hard to get rid of a parasite as versatile as a leach. Adedibu and his thugs are worse than a leach. The people of