The Oasis Reporters
January 09, 2017
Before becoming the minister of Works and Power, Fashola had boasted that if any government fails to provide electricity in six months, it should resign.
He was taunting the government of former president Goodluck Jonathan.
Fate then played a fast one on him.
The then All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Muhammadu Buhari won the presidential election and made him his Minister of Power and Works.
Rather than work to produce electricity, he spent six months blaming the past administration of Goodluck Jonathan.
Then he blamed Niger Delta militants who probably never saw an electric pole in their communities all their lives, despite the fact that Niger Delta produces all the gas that powers electricity in Nigeria. .
Even rainfall has been blamed, including the gods of yoruba land.
More than one year after assuming office, Fashola has neither resigned nor produced any electricity.
“Take Nigeria out of darkness”, Nigerian Wailers decided to task Minister of power, Babatunde Fashola, a lawyer, put in charge of electricity.
The pro masses group, Nigerian Wailers, tasked the minister of Power, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN) to attend to the endless power outages in Nigeria.
According to the group, this has become an unbelievably saddening situation displayed by a man who, while he was the governor of Lagos State, prided himself as a performing and best governor in Nigeria.
“The problem of non supply of electricity in the country has worsened the living conditions of citizens, crippling businesses, and also posed very dangerous health issues to the people due to the high temperature both during the day and in the night, causing rashes on the children, which is a big threat, and also causing meningitis and malaria since the darkness itself is a good breeding ground for mosquitoes,” Wailers said in statement.
Meanwhile, Fashola was seen talking on Eletricity Problems while delivering the convocation lecture at the University of Benin recently.
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has said, Sango, despite being the god of lightning and thunder, does not have the capacity to generate a single kilowatt of electricity.
The former Lagos governor urged the graduands to free their minds from fear, and stop deifying resources that can be harnessed for the good of the society.
“Traditional medicine, from herbs, roots, and other endowments of nature have their place of pre-eminence in the assurance of our well-being and good health. I cannot say the same thing about divination and sacrifices.
“We must choose to work our iron ore to produce steel and build skyscrapers, machines and tools like others do instead of worshiping the god of Iron. We must use engineering to manage and control flooding and erosion.
“We must probe the treasures of our forests and depths of our oceans as bastions of possibilities that we must manage and dominate instead of worshiping the god of the sea.
“If we continue to fear the sea, oceans and waters we will perpetuate the practice of sacrifice, instead of undertaking the enterprise of understanding; and dominating them for energy and transport.
“We must approach our rock formations as treasure troves of building materials like marble, tiles and granite rather than treat them as totems of salvation that require animal sacrifice.
“We should stop deifying the moon and stratosphere beyond the visibility of our eyes out of fear. Instead we should develop the courage and resolve to send men and women to land a space craft there,” he said.
According to TheCable News, he said prayer is good when combined with hard work. He added that all the divination and sacrifices made to Sango, the god of lightning, has not generated a single kilowatt of power.
“I urge you to free your mind from fear, reach for the skies, choose by conviction and not by fear; trust in your abilities and God given talent, take responsibility, work hard and pray if you believe.
“Yes, Sango is the god of lightning and thunder, but all the sacrifices made to Sango has not generated 1 (ONE) kilowatt of electric power.
“Electricity is produced by using nature’s gifts , such as gas, water, solar and wind, harnessing their capacity through turbines made from steel to serve our energy needs, not by making animal sacrifices.”
This is the tragedy of Nigeria’s square pegs in round holes, as the nation continues in it’s darkest moments.
Fashola, all smooth talking, no action, continues in office.