Translated: The Noble Do Not Fight Dirty Like the Slave

Prince Dapo Oluwaseun Abiodun
Executive Governor of Ogun State

Many may think the “Prince” that precedes the name of the Executive Governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun is a mere appellation, but the indices surrounding his tenure so far give credence to the Yorùbá truism: Omooba kìí j’agun bíi erú.

When I heard of the needless things that were done to the then Governor-Elect in 2019 by the then incumbent Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, I wondered why Prince Abiodun refused to gather thugs like SIA to retaliate in the same mannerless way.

But then, it dawned on me that this was a well-brought up man, taught the ways of the Lord, to have a kind heart with a largely humane side.

One year into his time in office, Governor Abiodun has yet to shut down business of perceived enemies and opposition members. He has also neither abandoned ongoing projects of his predecessor nor sacked people employed by him.

Initially, especially in January when I heard of the absorption of over 1,000 ASCON freshers into the State Civil Service, I thought, well, “This is no big deal.” But then, that now popular 250-bed hospital which Amosun claimed to have fruitlessly spent N7bn on, received attention just as roads which Amosun claimed to have paid for 100%, have been given renewed negotiations for recommencement of project execution.

I then came to realise that Governor Abiodun knows that vindictiveness is one game very far from humanity. When all you set out to do is punish and frustrate perceived enemies, you would hurt yourself, family, friends, and humanity. You will fight in the mud and emerge a failure. You will abandon your allies to become an island on your own. But when earthquakes come, there would be no neighbouring island to receive you.

Prince Abiodun knows the noble position that God has put him in. He is not to be found in the mud, struggling with pigs and swine.

Whenever I ask my child, who is just 4, what the name of his State Governor is, he answer, “Prince Adedapo Oluwaseun Abiodun.” That is how his school teaches it, as a part of current affairs, but my takeaway anytime I ask this question is that middle name that is not so known by the common folk.

The Yorùbá name, “Oluwaseun” means “God has done it.” Ogun State is indeed blessed for what God has done for us. I was stunned when I assessed the one year of Prince Dapo Abiodun’s administration. And these are actual projects that can be confirmed by residents. I myself have seen a number of them.

Princes do not fight in the mud. They know their place. They are brought up to be noble. A prince is a prince. Oluwaseun!

– Sola Arobieke

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