By Kola Animashaun

Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State and Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State are not new to high political offices. Both were in the forefront of political activity. Abiola was a senator of AD and Amosun of PDP. Both were contending governors for 2007 under ANPP.  They all had long battles which they both lost.

The good thing about them was that they never gave up. They rendezvoused in ACN and both won their respective states.  It will, of course, be their first time at the governorship.  If they perform, as I hope, and pray they do, a second term can be assured.

Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State has suddenly turned to a veteran governor.  He has established that he could do it and some of his colleagues are using his name to conjure. I have no doubt he will do more of the things he did and went up to hoist ACN flag and went to bigger things.

Aregbesola, Fayemi and Oshiomhole are old timers not in the sense of Fashola but in the name of three who would not make a new one now. And, when the time comes, they will triumph.

So, the governors will be sworn in this morning to begin their four-year tenure.  And, a majority of the people are happy to jettison some of the ex-governors who did nothing other than to feather their nests.

It has been good riddance to bad rubbish! Obasanjo himself testified to the last four years of Gbenga Daniel. The Ebora Owu said it was nothing to write home about.  Akala has written his own testimonial.  It was in  glowing terms and people did not see anything outstanding about it. Many of the former governors were displaced because they had not done exceedingly well.

While the people are happy about their new governors, they are reminded to bend their backs to the jobs on hand.  And, that is a lot.  They must remember that four years can go very quickly.

People have made their choice

Third-term House of Representatives member, Abiodun Akinlade, was a remarkable man.  After winning two terms on the platform of PDP, he went round to win on the platform of ACN.

Akinlade wanted to contest as governor in ACN but ACN said it was not his turn.  Akinlade will be a winner any day.  The other day, I heard on a radio programme the exploits of Akinlade.

I said he had fixed no fewer than 300 young men and women into employments. I understand that his house in Abuja was the staging house for most Yewa and Abeokuta people. May his tribe increase!

I didn’t give it a thought.
That the world was going to end on Sunday, May 21, 2011.  It was unbelievable coming from a being.  It was not that the world had lasted so long but that the creator of the world did not say that was enough.

So, many people have done so many unbelievable things. “Some shut themselves in side”, of course, and did what they should do: pray for mercy and waited for the world to end.Incredible!  “Others met for tearful last lunches with their children and prepared to leave behind homes and pets as they were swept up to heaven”.
Who inherits the homes and pets?

This has happened umpteenth times that the world should do what I think is the logical thing: use the Boys’ Scout motto: Be prepared.

The world should be prepared any time to meet their maker.  Do all they do we can do.  That will put us in the mood to meet the maker.

Rather than kill, maim, steal and fornicate.  To be sure, the world will come to an end.  But it is not given to us to know what time it will be.

The Qur’an has proved in Al-Ahzab (The Confederates) Q33:63: “People ask you concerning the Hour, Say: The knowledge of it is with Allah only.  What do you know? It may be that the Hour is near.”

They even asked Muhammad (S.A.W.) In An-Naziat (Those who pulled out) Q79:42-46: “They ask you (O Muhammad) about the hour when will be its appointed time? You have no knowledge to say anything about it. To your Lord belongs (the knowledge of) the term thereof?  You (O Muhammad) are only a warner for those who fear it.  The day they see it (it will be) as if they had not tarried (in this world) except an afternoon or a morning.”

Birthday boy:
Ogbeni Aregbesola

Ogbeni Abdul-Rauf Aregbesola, Osun State Governor, was another year old.  A pity, I could not pay my courtesy last Wednesday. It would have added my insignificant complement to those of some substantial other Nigerians on that occasion.  If I know him well, it would be work as usual.  May Allah keep you and yours.

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