My dear El-furai, this is a long one. When I received news Thursday afternoon that you knelt down and begged Kogi people to ‘forgive’ their nonperforming Governor and return him back to Lugard House, I chose not to believe it.
You are known for a lot of things and hated for most of them. You are not known for not paying your staff or workers.
When you were in Afriprojects, I emceed your end of year party and got paid N50k. It was, then the highest I ever got paid. I returned a gift to your PRO.
Over three months later, a DHL arrived at my office. The guy finally opened his drawer and returned my money. He said I earned my keep and that gratification is not part of the future Nigeria you guys envisaged. That was years ago.
As Governor of Kaduna State, you not only paid your workers, it’s said you’re paying the new minimum wage. This Yahaya Bello you want foisted back on Kogites is a fraud. He should be a shame to your party and to your honour and record.
You could beg Kogites to return this prodigal son, but would you be begging the landlords in Kogi to forgive their tenants?
Would you beg the market women to give their wares free? Would you beg Disco to supply free electricity? Will you beg private schools to forgive fees?
It is my understanding that you have refocused Kaduna in every ramification. People don’t like your politics, but Kaduna I understand is transformed under your tutelage. You even won a Muslim-Muslim ticket and a female deputy to boot.
Malam Nasir, please withdraw your genuflection and support for Yahaya Bello. He is not worth the rag with which you clean your shoes of governance. I have seen pictures where you refused to sleep to keep your state safe, Bello doesn’t give a damn!
I have seen pictures of you working on your bed in spite of having two wives and lots of children. Bello has no milk of human kindness. Bello owes workers but finds money for himself and his family. Bello sponsors violence against his opponents. Bello doesn’t have it in him.
Please tell me that the video I just saw is not you. There are those who would vote for you warts and all, should you vie for leadership of this nation. Please do not endorse a failure. Don’t destroy what’s left of your honour and integrity by appealing for votes for a man with no iota of kindness or a clue about governance.
Under you, illiterate teachers were sacked and replaced with those who could mould the Kaduna of the 21st century. Bello has killed education in Kogi state and instituted thuggery and violence. Let Bello smell his own tail.
Don’t foist on my state what you cannot tolerate in any ward in Kaduna. Bello is an incorrigible failure. He can’t change. He wants another four years to unleash unmitigated mayhem on Kogites. No human being with a heart should endorse him. Let him go back home and learn the home training he did not imbibe.
We have endured his unmitigated disaster to our chagrin. It’s shameful enough that the party that produced you is backing Bello. Please return to Kaduna before you’re infected with a Bello virus. Don’t support nonsense.
By Your friend, Tunde Asaju