OPINION: Celebrating Bukola Saraki's 100 days out of office. By Bisi Kristien
I am a happy man today as Kwara is about to celebrate the 100 days of the acclaimed salvation team or is it party of the self acclaimed saviors but I am celebrating 100 days out of office of Dr. Bukola Saraki. Sincerely I am not feeling the loss of PDP because it is of no use to me but the topic today is not about the loss of PDP or the dynasty per se but victory of the truth unveiling now.
'Why should you be happy that the man you supported lost in an election?' It is the natural question to ask and the truth is that those who were eating and still believe they will be eating if the PDP or the dynasty had won won't be happy with the present development. But I was not one of them. Dr Bukola Saraki too may not be happy with the loss but it's like thinking of circumcision pain, man will be reluctant in submitting himself to the piercing of a knife of circumcision but he needs it.
Likewise although it may be great pain when the dynasty was defeated in Kwara but now, 100 days out of office of the dynasty is already bringing joy to the true lovers of Dr Bukola Saraki.
In these 3 months, 1 week and 3 days which are beautifully added to – one month of May allocations; many things have been revealed on the lies told against Bukola Saraki that he was the one looting Kwara. They are secretly or openly asking God for forgiveness now.
The ability of former Governor Abdulfatah to pay some salary arrears before 100 days in August of 2015 after receiving bail out of N4bn and failure to do the same in May 2019 on the part of new Government that received N5.2bn even though the party made it a cardinal campaign promise to get civil servant solid support that secured victory for it in the elections has cleared the issues about the so called love the O to ge promoters have for Kwara Civil servants.
The non commiseration of the achievements of APC government within these 100 days with projects worth of the additional N2bn monthly Dr Bukola Saraki must have been prevented from stealing has showed us clearly that the former Senate President is a victim of political blackmail.
If the N2bn monthly loot was true; Kwara should be having N8bn extra in addition to N4.8bn apart from the expected sum of N5.2bn Paris Refund which was withheld during the tenure of Governor Abdulfatah but expected to have been released since we are now in the good book of the Federal Government.
Inability to go beyond paying N240m of remaining amount of cost of contract for the completion of the secretariat building which N1bn out of N1.2bn total cost has been paid by former Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed and other scores of millions that have accrued to the state, there are themselves unveiling the lies that billions are going to Dr Bukola Saraki monthly.
I believe the new Governor will prefer people knowing there is nothing to steal in Kwara State than allowing people to believe he is the one stealing the billions Bukola were alleged of stealing now.
The complaint of nothing getting to the people in the grassroots since these hundred days even without any visible difference in government spending activities (nor announcement of special saving on the part of State Government to tell us our money is still intact) has also established the fact that the money Dr Bukola Saraki was sharing to his party members is out of satisfaction with the little God has given to him and that Kwara has no such money.
The continuation of Dr Bukola Saraki's humanitarian activities and meeting his people at their point of needs during festivals even when the government cannot afford it now is also pointing to the fact that Saraki was doing all these from his personal money.
The continuous claim by his opponents that Bukola looted Kwara even without proving the monthly N2bn loot claim is a confirmation that the perpetrators have no respect for the state or for its citizens but are just blinded by desire to tarnish Bukola Saraki's image.
Some APC members ‘jubilation without remorse or consideration for the mood of the masses on the failed 100 days promises of this government is also confirming that these people's claim of fighting to free Kwarans from slavery is rather a concept designed to enslave Kwara.
Since Bukola Saraki is not a hungry man that need state allocation to survive as revealed in these first hundred days which provided the opportunity to watching someone else running the affair of State? Even the Senate seems to have been in recession with Dr. Bukola Saraki's exit. The truth is that envy and desperation engineered all those lies against Bukola Saraki while the only justifiable point is let someone else try it.
Looking at the 100 days out of office both in Nigeria Senate and Kwara governance of Dr. Bukola Saraki, the expectation of the two political groups in Kwara seem to be in the opposite direction. The only one not happy for Dr. Bukola Saraki among his lovers are the one that were only eating through his governance while the only one jubilating still on his defeat are the only one considering what they will eat under the new government.
The one that were rejoicing because they believe they have voted out Bukola "the looter" to stop the looting are now wondering what is happening since nothing has change in these 100 days but continuation of propaganda of lies. And those that are truly with Bukola Saraki are jubilating that finally, the hundred days has vindicated and exonerated Bukola Saraki of all lies of stealing.
So congratulations Dr. Bukola Saraki, because it is only hungry politicians and your haters that are celebrating your temporary exit, the true Kwara lovers are only flabbergasted at the exposition of the reality on the ground.
Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq did not disappoint me however because he won't create money and neither is he from another planet with magical quality of an alien.
We celebrate with Kwarans on the occasion of these 100 days of revelations. Feeling the purse as I am passing bye and still seriously reflecting on the 3 distinct moods of people on these 100 days of Kwara new government.
Kristien is an Ilorin-based public commentator
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