By Enitan Garba
Earlier in the administration of governor Babajide Sanwa-Olu of Lagos State, he named his
commissioners and maybe not surprisingly, Ajeromi/Ifelodun was missing, not because we do not have qualified or suitable persons but majorly because of the kind of people we are and the kind of politics we play here Since
then, I have watched and read reactions from different quarters but
none seem to address the reason why the omission happened.
The All progressive congress youth wing of Ajeromi/Ifelodun LGA did
come out to express their displeasure at such omission. They wondered less
why it should be a reoccurring decimal in the two local governments.
Since 1999, Ajeromi/Ifelodun, has only managed to secure one of two
representatives on the list of commissioners and special advisers or
to the least – head of agencies. Politicians are ranked in order of
the magnitude of threat they could pose. Politicians in
Ajeromi/Ifelodun may not find their names on first hundreds of
political bigwigs in Lagos state.
But sadly, the brand of politics played here will not make them have such
persons. The baba Oluwa of this world, the Hon Taiwo’s and many other
names are just local champions. This is however not to say that they
are not influential in their own right.
Ajeromi/Ifelodun has the number but that does not attract development
that comes with such number. The reason is that most of the power
players are egocentric, clannish and selfish. Every political cycle,
there must always be fight between the Omonile’s (aborigines) and
Atohunrinwa (non aborigines). Fight among politicians of the same
party to the extent of sabotaging the Local government at the state
Those at the state level only need to see you as a group without a
formidable front and they rub you of your slot at the state cabinet.
What is known in politics is ‘no permanent enemy but permanent
interest’, Alas! This is not true to AJIF politics.
For long, roads in Ajeromi/Ifelodun have not been considered for
repairs or new ones constructed. At least, the boundary – mile 2 road
does not speak well of the mega city status of Lagos State, within
which it finds itself. Successive governments only come to them when
their votes are needed.
Politicians in Aeromi/Ifelodun are more of the enemies of the people.
In most places, politicians with their influence attract projects to
their respective communities. Anytime politicians in Ajeromi/Ifelodun
do something close to this; it is for their selfish gain and to
intimidate the other camps. It is only a matter of time; we may all be
in for it!
We should not blame either Bola Ahmed Tinubu or Governor Babajide
Sanwo –Olu. As a local government, we should look inwards and have a
clear purpose.. This requires oneness of purpose regardless of the
fact that we belong to different camps. Politicians must learn the
game of compromise and avoid winner takes all phenomenon. This has been
detrimental to our collective development. Until we have politicians
that have some deep sense of responsibility to the people, we may not
be considered for such posts as commissioner. It’s saddening that we
are still here.
By Enitan Garba