It is a truism that there is nothing permanent in life but change. Change, which is a state of moving that prevents rust. Change in human life connotes a movement from the the way things has always been done to way things supposed to be done that in most cases is progressively. To understand the import of this change is to seek for a progressive departure to a better way of life: a better way of deeply understanding the concept of life in all ramifications.

It was therefore in line 
with the above that one views the mixed reactions that followed an appeal written by the Executive Director Societal Safety Network in which he urged His Excellency to consider the plight of members of the recently dissolved cabinet after serving the state meritoriously.

Let me state this from the outset that this writer is not in any way holding forte for the spokesperson of the Governor of Kwara State, Mallam Rafiu Ajakaiye who is saddled with the responsibility of responding to all Governor's correspondents, But, on the other side, one must not as a responsible citizen fail to lend a voice whenever issues of public interest come to the fore. 

It is therefore unfortunate that at this stage of nurturing the change we voted for, someone is appealing to the Governor, His Excellency Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq to take good care of the members of the dissolved cabinet to prevent them from becoming laughing stocks. Laughing stocks! How. With this assertion, one may not be wrong to say thay the Director is simply urging the government/governor to either establish a factory or company for each of them or open a fixed deposit account from which they can draw moneys unceasingly.

Reading this appeal, I was forced to ask rhetorically: what do you want the Governor to do for those who are lucky to be appointed a commissioner out of a population of more than 3million Kwarans. What do you want the Governor to do for those who have the privilege of been invited to come and contribute their quotas to the development of the state. 

One is saddened to see those clamouring for change turning around to renounce that change. Or how do one describes the appeal by Mr. Agboola who is advising the governor to build the future of his former appointees and make them the toast of their communities, after all, people will always mill  around them for one favour or the other. Do we really need to remind him that what we Kwarans voted for is a departure from the past that is laced with allotting public resources to political appointees for the sake of giving them a befitting status. Befitting status my foot!

One may need to ask Mr. Agboola if those appointees have become so old such that they can no longer fend for themselves. Have they become so bloated and pompous to the extent of finding it difficult to be meaningfully engaged and keep on with life. 

I doubt that we need to remind Mr. Agboola that what he is appealing the governor to do for the dissolved is one of those things that Kwarans kicked against with the Otoge movement. Are we not committing a class suicide when we advised the governor to thread the path we once kicked against.

Come to think of it, is not unfair on the part of whoever is advising the Governor to help his former appointees (who served for just few months) live a befitting life after office when we are the same people who cried that the government of the day should repeal the pension law for those who served the people for eight good years.  

Is this writer wrong to advice us to find someone to think and talk for us, if we can neither think nor talk right. Why are we who dreamt of a new Jerusalem now drawing the hand of the man paddling our canoes back. Can we ever separate sentiments from every political discourse. Are we really a people who take delight in blowing hot and cold at the same time. 

It will take a great thinker to decipher what we really want: we cried we need change and the change is hear and we are shouting authoritarian, self conceited, politics of domination etc. Have we forgot so soon how we cried and beg for a new political climate that is clearly different from Saraki era. Are we not the same people who prayed, wept and sacrificed for good governance. Here comes an answer to our prayers and we are still wailing, raging and encouraging a reversal to what we prayed against. 

We are the same people who want the governor to take care of the party men, and we are also the same people who want good governance. Do we think it is possible for one to eat one's cake and have it. Is there any where in the world where such has been done. 

Do we really appreciate good governance that His Excellency, Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has promised us. Good governance that teaches citizens on how to live within their means. I mean good governance that teaches you and I to avoid building castles in the air. Good governance that teaches every appointee to avoid building worthless status that their resources (outside public till) cannot sustain. Come off it, do we really need a change or we just talk of change for talking sake. Are we really sure of what we want. Do we even want anything.

I make bold to say that whoever is advising the Governor to cash out load them, shine them,  (beyond the threshold of his conscience and permissible limit) with his former cabinet members is one of the enemies of democracy. One may need to ask them when it has become the norm that whoever serves his or nation or state should not find employment or return to his or former desk. When has public appointment becomes a means to status competition and rivalry. 

Do we need to ask these appointees if there is any problem in their former places of work that can prevent them from returning to their desks.

We need to ask ourselves at this juncture if the changes we are clamour for are genuine or cosmetic. We need to ask one another if indeed we can allow that change to begin with you and I. Yes, I mean that change: yes, that change that we talk about cheaply but hardly appreciate what it denotes and how it can be achieved.
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