Eru Amukun

Amukun in Yoruba is people with K-leg, this is how common K-leg is in our society that people with the condition get dedicated name.

In order to correct k-leg, one needs medical intervention. I witnessed this being done once, the result was incredible. Up to that time I had thought once you had a k-leg or bow-leg, you live with it. Here, it is the parents’ job to foot the bill and help the child concerned through the healing process and not the other way around.

This is not about k-leg or medical issues which Nigeria has plenty of. It is about generation of parents shying away from their responsibility and allowing shameless religious nutters to use their school children for unrelated agenda.

Earlier last month in the UK, there were parents protest on behalf of their children by keeping them at home so they wouldn’t have to go through the government recommended test for primary schools.

My daughters had to be tested before we were accepted to the school in the first place so aware that we are in for regular test for years to come. Having said that what I found appealing was that people who just do not want their children tested for one reason or the other took time out of their day to demand a change in law for the benefit of their children.

Whether this is right or wrong thing to deliberately get kids to miss school in the name of avoiding being tested is not my focus here, rather is the parents’ willingness to help get more explanation about government decision.

Now here in my state of origin, Osun State it is the other way around. There are issues, a few of them, however, somehow people, elders and most importantly religious leaders Muslims and Christians manage to narrow them all down that our only major problem is the way children dress to school.

Problem: Current governor Ogbeni Aregbesola reportedly okayed Muslim girls to wear hijab to school. This did not sit well with many Christians because it means that now Muslims girls can wear hijab to a traditional Christian schools.

Muslims are happy. Are the girls who are subjected to this happy? That is a whole other issue.

Some christians are not happy. Their solution to the problem is to encourage their children to attend school in their choir robe – sweet!

After reading so many pieces on this argument and people affirming their ‘right’ to wear whatever they wanted to school following what their religion dictates as the norm, I am more convince than even that ours, Nigeria is a nation heading for self destruction, religious leaders regardless of faith will always win, the losers are the majority, mostly poor people who continue to lend themselves and their family to baseless fights.

Religion and government can not be mixed together, it gets into peoples’ head. The purpose of going to school is to be educated, in order to maintain equality, school uniform was created so no one feels out of place.

To the Muslims, I’ll say I can see your frustration with churches in every corner.  However, if your religion is so special that for your child to conform to school rules for 6 hours in a day is asking for too much, then maybe one should ask if this is really about worshiping Islam.

All in all, all this looks like unfortunate event to me, it is just a shame that any parents would support their young adults in secondary school doing this protest when we all are aware of the danger.

Ogbeni Aregbesola – I must admit that I am really impressed that for once in the 24 years since the state was created we are blessed with a governor who is not in denial regarding the state of our public schools, who is working to make pubic schools more appealing. Please let’s focus on education and less on divisive religions.

10 thoughts on “Eru Amukun

  1. Hi Folake,

    I followed this news with no small measure of amusement, it was quite the comical relief particularly considering more dire economic issues that have tortured the country in recent times.

    I hold on steadfastly to the belief that the world’s problems are hinged on two pillars- Religion and Race/Ethnicity.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Agreed. In Osun State, wahala siddon jeje, we get out of ours ways pulling the tail! And can you believe what is going on? We are mostly Yoruba, Muslims are in the minority – we yawned for drama, so we dragged religion into our public schools… what a people!

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Dear Folakemi,

    Thanks for this but first, on your assessments of Osun’s past govenors, it seems you believe that Aregbesola is the best thing to happen to the long-suffering state since the state’s creation over twenty years ago!

    While it is public knowledge that the state has been most unlucky with governors from the time of its creation first, under military governance when – as I wrote in one of my rested weekly essays for THE NATION ON SUNDAY – huge funds allocated for take-off of the state perhaps never crossed Asejire (a huge dam that demarcates Oyo State from Osun State. The reason I submitted was the lack of anything to show for a state secretariat other than a ramshackle collection of buildings. I also added in the same essay that as well as subsequent huge loans taken by the profligate PDP represented in Osun by retired army officer and the state’s governor, Oyinlola.

    The first essay I wrote on governors’ profligacy was for THE NATION’S earlier named THE COMET ON SUNDAY which was in 2002.

    Governor Oyinlola would add a jumbo N19 billion loan to Osun’s earlier one he took, and more from the military-era loan. You can check out those debilitating indebtedness below. I bring these up because of the reference to Governor Akande, the only good and selfless governor that the star-crossed state has unfortunately been saddled with since its creation. Through politics and Akande’s lack of political street-wisdom – I can find no other word – he played into civil servants’ hands and he got hung by a bad name as in the metaphorical case of the bad dog. That was not the reason he lost re-election, however because we all now that the election was rigged by the Obasanjo abracadabra of 2003; that’s not for here.

    What is for here is to present a fact: that Akande neither borrowed a penny to build the befitting state’s secretariat that is a pride to the state today nor incur any debt for the people. The roads he built were cited as example of good management by none other than Nigeria’s one-time president, retired General Obasanjo, the PDP Abracadabra-in-Chief of election manipulation for the lowest in per mileage cost in Nigeria.

    Pardon this becoming an essay of its own; didn’t plan it!

    Now that we’ve gotten that straightened out, I come to Governor Aregbesola who, from AMUKUN, could appear to non-Nigerian readers as a man who’s not only performed well for the state but must be the best the state has ever had.

    I differ, and MOST in the state would agree and it’s not only on the matter of the education that is fast pitching people against each other because of the HIJAB brouhaha although it’s in educational matters that the governor has done the most damage.

    There was first the decision he made that ALL students in the state’s public school must wear the same uniforms that the state was giving out for free. Travelling from Ibadan to Osogbo on weekdays, it was weird once one cross Asejire seeing kids in different directions wearing the same uniforms in A STATE WITHIN A COUNTRY where most students have always taken pride in their different school uniforms. Many commentators, including this blogger wrote about the mis-step in newspapers and on television.

    Within a short time, the uniforms needed replacement and students who needed such were told they had to buy them and parents, many of whom had gotten used to the government freebie, did not comply. Why, in the first place, should parents not be allowed to have input into the education needs of their children but that was a mere start to all the chaos now in school.

    Gov. Aregbesola also started the mega schools which many criticized – I did not because I did not know in which direction the idea was heading and I thought it could actually help minimize expenditure but the whole idea was the genesis of the present chaos. Students from Moslem schools were dumped with Chrstian Schools and the HIJAB problem began.

    With the chaos of having students in Osun posturing in HIJAB, CHORISTERS’ GARMENT and EGUNGUN (masquerades’ wears), chickens have come home to roost for the hard-headed policies that had and have nothing to do with students’ learning but religious fanaticism.

    Other areas of non- and under-performance in Osun are in full glare driving through cities and towns in the state, a situation that makes the state the least-developed in Southwestern Nigeria: roads to be upgraded started – definitely with good intention – but not done in the state capital, making the town look very unsightly; a major work on the Gbongan/Osogbo road that started, including a major bridge (?) on the “federal” road at the junction that must still need millions – started but not completed as funds from “federal” govt has dwindled …

    While long-term plans are always needed by governments all over the world, like a family, a government must always plan ahead but must prioritize.

    We have a problem in Osun, Dear Folakemi NOT because “We have Ogbeni who to date had taken a chance of pulling our public schools together but we have problem because he was a Muslim.” As we are both Osun – though I ONLY by virtue of a 46-year marriage to an Osun guy – the reality is no tales-retold or learnt from what people have written.



    Liked by 1 person

    1. Mrs Adenle – this is one of the many reasons I admire your work. Not only for being elderly but also for continuing enlightenment in the areas that many not be so obvious to many.

      I share your views completely about the state of our dear state and I truly appreciate the energy you’ve brought to talking about important issues.

      Too bad I edited some of what I originally wrote that included out past governors – Adeleke and Oyinlola – nothing to write home about. As for Baba Akande, I share your views completely, too bad the old man was too rigid to see that to catch a monkey sometimes one needs to behave like one – he was only trying to bring back quality to the public schools but did it the highway route.

      My sentiment about Aregbesola was mainly the way the newly refurbished school has cut across the state, he has done the same with the roads – neither is completely finished. No doubt the state is in debt – no way can we move forward without loan anyway but the least the elders could do is make sure that the loan incurred in the name of the state is spent in value added ventures – I don’t think we need any religious complications in our lives.

      Is that quote my words, sound like something I would have written but unfortunately I had edited it out to minimise word count just after I posted. Yes, I do believe Ogbeni being Muslim has given rise to hijab in schools, why do Christians have problem with this I am not clear afterall all of us have something bigger that binds us together – humanity and language, aren’t those enough to celebrate?

      I will definitely read your essays later on today. Thank you for the links.


  3. God help me, thoughts about Nigeria give me headache, I try to saturate my mind with happy thoughts. Why must we turn all simple things into multi-dimensional if I may use that word? Why did Aregbesola wake up the hijab issue? Why are Christians overreacting by wearing robes to school? Lord have mercy. Are we jinxed in Nigeria?

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Thank you Naijamum. Those are all valid questions, I think one of the reasons why our issues are always multi-dimensional is because we most of the times bury issues rather than find a lasting solutions that everyone is happy with. This hijab case is not exception, I have a suspicion that this whole hijab saga is beyond religion issue.

      What I found most depressing is the fact that those kids being used are the ones who could not afford private schools, why must we always use vulnerable folks for selfish agenda? Maybe those ‘elders’ including the governor need no persuasion, maybe the people who need to wake up are the children whose lives were put on the line because of non-sensical fights.

      All of these have nothing to do with their quality of education, if I were one of the girls, I’ll throw both hijab and bible into the ditch, now they’ll be happy. If they want to fight for God, let them bring their own children from their cosy schools and match on the roads.

      Happy Sunday Yeye.

      Liked by 1 person

    1. Prince Adenle – Interesting your take on this. I am aware that people in the capital are closer to ‘action’ than many of us, however if we didn’t have Aregbesola as a governor, who would we have?

      Our first governor, Adeleke spent his time at the Presidential hotel Osogbo more than at office, I knew this as I was doing IT there at the time, he left office selling Ilesa water pipes to the north – now he sits at the senate.
      The second governor, Oyinlola in the first few months of office bought brand new cars for selected kings in the state, even those who already have $M in accounts like my next door king. He too now sits on the senate.

      Well, the third governor Baba Akande though a good man with great intent for public schools, but too rigid to know what to do to the extent of the rot in our schools

      We did not send our children to disturb street peace on these guys despite their neglect of public schools.

      We have Ogbeni who to date had taken a chance of pulling our public schools together but we have problem because he was a Muslim.

      By the way, I don’t know Ogbeni on any personal level, and by no means agree with all of the way many projects have been executed but using religion, any religion to cause trouble don’t do it for me, religion up to date has done well to keep people under bondage.


Please leave comments

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s