Fayose, Fani Kay­ode and the ef­fect of in­ad­e­quate so­cial­i­sa­tion

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So­cial­i­sa­tion is a process through which in­di­vid­u­als ac­quire the so­cial virtues and de­cency nec­es­sary to en­able them to in­ter­act peace­fully with oth­ers. Go­ing by this def­i­ni­tion, we were all born so­cially un­apt but through this grad­ual process we were com­pre­hen­sively taught how to ac­cept the rules and ex­pec­ta­tions of our so­ci­eties, how to im­bibe the spirit of ac­com­mo­da­tion and above all how to re­spect our elders. The im­por­tance of elders in ev­ery com­mu­nity in Nige­ria whether Yoruba, Igbo, Hausa or Fu­lani is non-ne­go­tiable, they must be re­spected un­der all cir­cum­stances be­cause the as­sump­tion is that they have more wis­dom and are more equipped to pro­vide the nec­es­sary lead­er­ship. Given the age of Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari and by virtue of his po­si­tion as the Pres­i­dent of Nige­ria, he de­serves to be re­spected by all Nige­ri­ans. He is ab­so­lutely qual­i­fied to be among the elders that must be ac­corded with re­spect not only in the North but in Nige­ria as a whole. The Pres­i­dent has been on med­i­cal va­ca­tion in the UK since May 7, so un­der nor­mal cir­cum­stances all our prayers should be di­rected to­wards Pres­i­dent Buhari. But re­gret­tably, Ek­iti State Gov­er­nor Ayo Fayose and Femi Fani Kay­ode, a for­mer min­is­ter, who should have known bet­ter have been busy spread­ing all sorts of ru­mours against the Pres­i­dent, they have even gone to the ex­tent of wish­ing the pres­i­dent dead. Any de­cent per­son can­not as­so­ciate him­self with what these two men are do­ing be­cause their mo­tives are di­ver­sion­ary, fic­ti­tious and eth­ni­cally bi­ased. They are mo­ti­vated by their hate for

Pres­i­dent Buhari. It is be­cause of their ha­tred for the pres­i­dent that they have failed to ac­knowl­edge a sin­gle achieve­ment at­tained by the Buhari ad­min­is­tra­tion. Ini­tially I was dev­as­tated by their reck­less out­bursts, but hav­ing sys­tem­at­i­cally an­a­lysed their pat­tern of ac­cu­sa­tions and daily at­tacks on the per­son­al­ity of the pres­i­dent, I have come to the even­tual con­clu­sion that Gov­er­nor Fayose and Fani Kay­ode were not lucky enough to have gone through the rig­or­ous process of so­cial­i­sa­tion dur­ing their child­hood. They have missed that very cru­cial process in their lives that is why they failed woe­fully to ac­quire the val­ues and norms that would have en­abled them to in­ter­act with other peo­ple of dif­fer­ent tribe and re­li­gion. Their be­hav­ior is to­tally in­hu­man be­cause the ac­qui­si­tion of sound hu­man qual­i­ties and traits is only pos­si­ble through the process of so­cial­i­sa­tion which they have missed. That is why they don’t re­spect Pres­i­dent Buhari and elders like for­mer Pres­i­dent Oluse­gun Obasanjo. The coun­try should ig­nore them. We should put our eth­nic and re­li­gious dif­fer­ences aside and con­cen­trate on build­ing bridges of ac­com­mo­da­tion and na­tional unity not bar­ri­ers of hate and vi­o­lence.

Bashir S. Yusuf, Gezawa, Kano State.

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