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People’s reaction on ‘The Donald Duke elixir,’ by Ray Ekpu

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Chief Reuben Fasoranti

Chief Reuben Fasoranti

Fasoranti, like Fasanmi, is a noble man. He was the Commissioner for Finance during the Administration of Chief Adekunle Ajasin, the first elected governor of old Ondo State who won on the platform of Obafemi Awolowo Unity Party of Nigeria. Fasoranti was a deciding factor in the emergence of Ajasin as the first governor. There were three candidates for the governorship ticket of the UPN: Ajasin, Fasanmi and Reverend Abiodun Iluyomade, then the principal of International School, Ibadan. The nomination contest was joined at the Omolere Nursery and Primary School, owned by Fasoranti and run by his wife. Fasoranti, along with Chief C.A Tewe and Chief Phillip Akomolafe, presided over the primary

Dear Mr. Ray, your article titled “the Donald Duke elixir” was well structured. But our challenge now is that when you voted for people that are short-sighted and terribly suffer from kleptomania disease, they will steal even during rainy and famine period. I hope those governors should learn little from your write-up, by attending to labour matters, save and desist from stealing to avoid the wrath of God. Thank you.
Abayomi Adisa,
Lagos.

ONE is pleased to note that Nigeria, which often made headline news for bad governance, has produced a personality of Mr. Donald Duke caliber who for his foresight, statesmanship and good husbandry the finances of Cross River State when he was governor has laid a solid foundation worth emulating by other governors.

The other way out is for Nigeria to imbibe federalism as its form of governance, when all states of the federation will generate their finances, employ the number of workers they can adequately pay for, thereby jesting the present unitary of governance we call federation.
AbdulAziz Badamasi,
Ogbomoso.

Reactions on SUV purchase…

GOD bless you Babarinsa. I have read your article but the reaction to your article from readers for 10th May speaks volume and that is the mind of the people. I respect them all as humans but I detest their greed. PMB has given Nigerians a template but if there is no support, revolution is the answer sooner or later.
Folarin Rasheed.
08023003824

Peoples’ reactions are following the traces of what happened in the rise and fall of the old Oyo Empire, Benin, Fulani etc. We were lectured that there were immediate and remote causes. One day the causes would blow up Nigeria.
Ekong Usua,
94 Uwanse Street
Calabar.
08023285664

REALLY? So those youths collected ten thousand naira to carry out a solidarity rally. But seriously the very moment I saw those youths on paper I knew it was a contract. Whenever they also want to contest for office they give them #1000 or #500 to vote for them, selling their future. I wonder if it is that money they will spend for four or eight years and we are expecting good governance. I doubt if these categories of youth are worth being future leaders.
Opeloye Ahmed,
Ile-Ife Osun State.

SIR, It takes N18,000 minimum wage earner 163 years to buy a Senator’s car but it will take me (sales boy, N7000) 417 years for it.
Ifeanyi,
Anambra
08035552233

Re: An old man in need of a birthday gift,
by Dare Babarinsa
KUDOS for another historically refreshing piece on South-West/ Yoruba politics. The only herculean task is the reconciliation “last throwing” in view of the endemic egocentricity of Yoruba politics – kaka ki kolokolo se akapo ekun, olukaluku a ya d’ode ti e lototo ni!”
Jide Adebayo,
Lagos.

A BRILLIANT piece! However, there is a major historical point omitted about Pa R.F. Fasoranti. He was the founding principal of Anglican Grammar School, Iju Ita-Ogbolu, Ondo State. He was there at inception in 1957 to 1971 when he left for Australia for a course. It was after that that the Christ School and Olivet stints came about. He made secondary school education a reality for a lot of us his students then. He would strike agreements with our parents to pay our school fees installmentally. And diligently, at the end of the month or the agreed interval, he would go to those parents to collect the agreed installments. But for that, a lot of us would not have been able to complete our secondary school education. I know that Dare’s story is about the politics of Afenifere and the Yoruba interest, but it is also an opportunity to pay tribute to such a committed educationist. Happy birthday, Oga!
Kayode Afolabi,
Akure, Ondo State.

AS a youth, we expect the ARG and Afenifere to merge together in order to start grooming and mentoring my generation for qualitative and efficient leadership.
Feyisetan Akeeb Kareem,
Change Makers Forum,
Ogwashi-Ukwu, Delta State.

NOTE: The Afenifere Renewal Group, ARG, was not mentioned in Babarinsa’s article.

JUST finished reading your usually incisive piece on the Yoruba Abiku Group, Afenifere. My own short and simple (may not be that simple) way of uniting both groups is for them to disassociate from being seen as pro-Mimiko (Afenifere) and pro-Tinubu (ARG). These two mentioned politicians are the brains behind the problem. Look at when they nearly destroyed Pa Fasoranti unblemished reputation during Jonathan’s bid for a second term? When it was strongly alleged that money changed hands at a meeting presided over by the old man – even as some of us their children will vouch for him, any day, any time! Be as it may, sir, eminent personalities like you can still wade in by leveraging your close contacts to both groups and resolve it for the sake of the land.
Dupe Ashama,
Lagos.

I ALWAYS enjoy your distinct historical style in your weekly articles and how you bring history to bear on your subject matter. I enjoy immensely your article on Chief Fasoranti who incidentally was my principal in Christ’s School, Ado-Ekiti in the late 1970s. I remember him as a handsome, soft spoken but determined person. My best wishes to him and your good self.
Babatunde Akilo, Ado, Ekiti State.

YOUR articles are always rich in history. As a historian myself, I find them thoroughly enjoyable.
Tayo Agunbiade,
Lagos.

THANKS, Mr. Dare Babarinsa, for narrating the history of that significant figure in the person of Chief Reuben Fasoranti in your column for us. Gone are the days when leaders go to public services to serve and not to be served, to give and not to take. Papa Fasoranti’s 90th birthday was celebrated in his house that he built when he was a school principal. Imagine the simplicity and God-fearing nature of that man! Despite the fact that he had access to public funds, he utilised it judiciously and did not loot it. This wise man leadership lifestyle is worthy to be emulated by our current leaders. Chinua Achebe said: “The Nigerian problem is the unwillingness or inability of its leaders to rise to the responsibility, to the challenge of personal example which are the hallmarks of true leadership.”

As for the Afenifere group, its members should kindly unite themselves like a broom and avoid anything that will make them fall apart. The members should pay Papa Fasoranti a visit and discuss with him concerning the status of the group so that he can give them good advice that would assist them in steering the affairs of the group. I would like to suggest that the biography of Chief Fasoranti should be written for Nigerians to know more about him so as to tap from his wisdom and experience.
Accept my late wishes sir and happy birthday to you Papa!
Ayoola Imran,
Ibadan, Oyo State.

Dear Sir,
It is always refreshing reading your articles and the one published last week on Baba Fasoranti was not an exception. It was a brilliant piece by all standard and one meant for keep. ‘Olorun a tubo maa fun yin ni ogbon and oye’ sir.
However, I wish to humbly criticise an aspect of the article, the latter part where the tribute dovetailed into Afenifere politics.
Sir, I am of the view that invoking Afenifere politics at the mention of each of the respected and esteemed Baba is something we have to let go. They have played their part, served their generation, and all we could do is to let them bow out gracefully and in celebration.

To continue with this practice is to tie the destiny of Yoruba nation to the apron strings of the Babas. And you are aware of, and played critical part in, every single attempt at reconciliation, many of which I have read in books. I think we must stop blaming them for what has befell Yoruba nation. Let us celebrate them only and chart a course for Yoruba nation.

You are a leader in Yorubaland in every sense of the word and you have, not just a right, but a duty to chart a new course for Yoruba. To continue to refer to the woes of Yoruba nation each time occasion arises to mention any of the Babas is, to me, an escapist attitude. We are passing the buck, which ought to be on our tables, to the Babas.

We, therefore, need a turning point, where we begin to look at what we should and can do, instead of what the Babas have done. As you said in the article, what more should we expect from someone who is 80, not to talk of 90?

I, therefore, do not agree with the need for another attempt at reconciliation, as if that in itself is a panacea for the ills buffeting us. The Babas have served meritoriously, though no perfectly. And we should ask nothing more of them. What we can do is to rekindle the vision that is embodied in the slogan “freedom for all; life more abundant.” We owe them that. They owe us nothing. Best regards.
Segun Balogun,
Programme Officer,
Afenifere Renewal Group.


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