Muslims in Ekiti State queued up to collect Governor Ayodele Fayose’s largesse of rams and other Sallah gifts yesterday in defiance of the directive of some of their leaders. They trooped to the government house in Ado Ekiti for the rams distribution ahead of Eid-el-Kabir celebration.
There seems to be some rancour between leaders of the League of Imams and Alfas, Ekiti State, for they issued discordant instructions to their members regarding Sallah rams from the governor. Some said don’t accept Fayose’s rams, others countered it saying go ahead and accept his rams.
While distributing the rams to Imams and other Muslim dignitaries, Fayose said he won’t allow himself to be dragged into playing politics with religion in the state.
“I won’t allow anybody to drag me into playing politics with religion. What I am doing today is a demonstration of love and support for the Muslims. I am not that kind of a leader who does things with religious interest. I will do the same to Christians at Christmas exactly what I am doing to Muslims today” said Fayose.
HAMILTONSTYLE believes that acts like this one continue to impoverish the mentality of Nigerians. If Fayose or indeed any governor was doling out rams from their personal savings, it would make sense as charity, But for a governor to spend tax payers money handing them gifts (possibly from over-bloated budgets) this insults our collective mind.
Indeed, state sponsorship of holy pilgrimages both to Mecca and Jerusalem should be abolished just as much as this annual Sallah or Christmas largesse. These privileges are constantly being abused. Government should empower people to fish,not give them fish like beggars.