By Bamidele Ademola-Olateju
One governor assembled traditional rulers in his state, lampooned them and talked down on them like wayward kids, the other went to a respected traditional ruler and prostrated in reverence and respect.
One governor sent a letter full of empathy, explanations and responsibility in response to an open letter accusing the state of negligence in the death of his mum due to Covid-19, the other demolished a hotel for allegedly operating covertly under lockdown.
So much high handedness in Nigeria has been attributed to the legacy of the military. I disagree. We all can differentiate brutality from compassion. The military is not responsible for haughtiness, arrogance and irresponsibility in individuals and in the community. These are acquired traits that are not reigned in by responsible parenting, the right education and exposure. The military is not responsible for those who shout on their domestic assistants and aides. The military is not responsible for those who treat people beneath them anyhow. There was military interregnum in Ghana. They are better behaved. They don’t have local, uncultured blowhards like Nigeria. They do not elect bare-chested idiots and Veruca-salt loonies. Their police are not menacing. Their pilot cars do not bear horse whips and bats scaring drivers off the roads.
Decency, respect, restrain, compassion are cultivated in the family. If you don’t have it, you cannot give it. Unfortunately, we applaud those who denigrate us and those who treat us like slaves. We celebrate arbitrariness in power for whatever reason. We rationalize evil and tolerate it. What happened to fair hearing? Even the military had tribunals.
Between these two governors is difference in upbringing. Whatever you do, do not rear your child(ren) like goat(s). Raise a human being.