The Oasis Reporters
March 5, 2018
After the marriage of Idris Ajimobi and his heartthrob, Fateema Ganduje in the largest Hausa city, Kano, the next thing would be a very expensive and cosy honeymoon, the best that money can buy.
The bride’s father, Umar Ganduje is Kano State Governor. In 1999, he was deputy governor to Rabiu Kwankwaso for four years, then became Kwankwaso’s special assistant as Minister of Defense for another four years, before running with Kwankwaso again and winning to become Deputy governor for yet another four years.
For three years, he has been substantive governor, and may run again for a second term, come 2019.
The man is extremely wealthy.
On the other side is Abiola Ajimobi, running his second and last term as governor. Before becoming governor , he was senator, representing Ibadan.
The two governors are stupendously wealthy enough to sponsor the newly wedded couple for their honeymoon in the moon, if they are inclined to do so.
After all the kisses and the boobs smooching in the Kano sun, Fateema will settle down to her chiefly duties as housewife, cooking a variety of Fulani and Hausa dishes for Idris. In no time, the senior Mrs Ajimobi, herself a Lebanese Christian would teach the latest inter national wife to the Ajimobi clan, how to prepare gbegiri soup, ewedu and amala dishes for her Yoruba husband.
These are pleasant learning experiences to grapple with in any teething relationship like marriage.
Later in the month, Fateema will experience her jolting culture shock when she takes a walkabout in Ibadan markets where she will be welcomed and celebrated by the market matrons. On her return from possibly Gbagi or Bodija market, she will encounter a whole Hausa tribe greeting her, ‘sannu da zuwa, na gidan Ganduje, matan Ajimobi’ (welcome, daughter of Ganduje, Ajimobi’s wife) .
Many of them would be poor hausa Muslim beggars. She’s at home with those ones. She sees them everywhere, therefore she’ll be spraying a few naira notes as ‘sadaka’ sacrifice for goodluck, their way.
Another shocking group would be Hausa artisans who use disused Trailer (heavy duty trucks) tyres to manufacture water fetchers from the deep and at times unsafe water Wells in Ibadan.
It will be a very rude shock to Fateema Ajimobi. In Kano, pipe borne water is taken for granted and it is owned and efficiently run by the Kano state government. Every home is piped from the public water works and the water runs freely in the semi arid to desert state of Kano. Millions of children in Kano have never seen a deep water Well before, except in ancient story books. The last time Kano citizens fetched water from unsafe Wells was over 100 years ago. That is, despite their little education.
In 1999 with Ganduje as deputy governor to Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, (himself a Yoruba man paternally), both sat down and demanded from some little known sociologists and engineering professors from Bayero University in Kano to give them a projection of what Kano population would be like in 2050. And then design a new public water works that would cater for the population, beyond fifty years.
The result is the futuristic Tamburawa Public Water Works, on the outskirts of Kano city. Before Kwankwaso could implement the blueprint fully, Kano voters threw Kwankwaso out of power for over -protecting his Yoruba kinsmen and other southerners from the usual traditional madness of Kano that sees the periodic killing of Christians and non indigenes as a ritual where no murderer is ever sanctioned.
Kwankwaso’s successor, the Kanuri born politician from Nguru in Yobe State, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau faithfully implemented and completed the new Water works. Staff of WRECA, Kano State’s Water Resources and Engineering Agency would ask each Kano resident first, where they want to drink water from, old or new water works?
But them, everyone pays his monthly water bills, as they pay electricity bills.
Fateema Ganduje has never known a Water Well all her life, neither does her father’s house have a private borehole. The new life in Ibadan would be a revolting shock to her.
The first question she would ask herself would be, how come Ibadan city with a few universities having first rate engineering faculties not able to lift it’s teeming population from 18th century fetching of water with goatskin bags and disused water tubes?
Indeed, that is the scourge and abject failure of governance in the entire south west. They elect and celebrate erudite governors who speak fancy upper class English, yet when it comes to developing their land, they become lame and abject illiterates, except when it is time to organize lavish ‘owambe’ enjoyment parties like pulling a whole 22 idle governors and a president to a political wedding party in Kano, urging them to forget about the sorrow of the unfortunate 110 Dapchi Girls in the hands of Boko Haram whose father’s would need to pray hard to see some of them before giving them out to husbands like Fateema was given out.
Nigerians are docile and don’t ask questions. This kind of distraction is enough to fool many people.
Meanwhile, Ajimobi has been owing workers salaries for as long as anybody can remember. Kano State has revenue sources including selling wholesome water to it’s millions of citizens, and it pays salaries promptly. It doesn’t owe scandalously like South west governors. The south west has governors bereft of ideas, except ideas on dance parties.
The last development ideas man left with Awolowo and his trained disciples.
But the new ones will learn discipline and development later. Not now.