Abuja — In a country of about 200 million people, that is saying a lot. Also, a scheme that has been running for close to four years isn’t a palliative or skin-level intervention, as the writer would have readers believe, it is a system set in motion and is working and has room for improvement.
When an article is erected on a foundation of falsehood, then the rest of the piece would read as one from an uninformed writer desperate to cry wolf with no just cause. That is the only conclusion one could make after reading Banji Ojewale’s piece entitled, “Osinbajo and the Lamentation of the Ancient Mariner”.
At a time when there is a universal admission – even in enlightened western circles – that globalisation is breeding more inequality in wealth distribution in most countries, hence the urgency of the need to create social safety nets for the most vulnerable in the society, how pathetic that neo-Marxist Ojewale chooses to make a fetish of the obvious. Only an arm-chair critic expects to be lauded for misinterpreting a simple sentence or merely restating the obvious without providing new workable solutions.
It, therefore, beats one why Ojewale chooses to begrudge the Buhari-Osinbajo administration over its modest effort to bring succor to the most vulnerable in our society.
It is amusing reading Ojewale pontificating with magisterial finality on the “abundance” of resources in the fashion of those weaned on the old theory of Karl Marx, which time has since proved to be…