Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State has come under heavy criticisms by Nigerians for giving the winner of the 2020 Big Brother Naija reality TV show, Olamilekan Agbelesebioba, a sum of N5miillion and a 3-bedroom bungalow.
The governor states “We have appointed the winner of the Big Brother Naija Lockdown, @itslaycon Youth Ambassador of Ogun State in addition to house and cash gifts.
“I relayed this development today when I played host to Olamilekan Moshood Agbelesebioba, popularly addressed as Laycon in my Oke-Mosan office in Abeokuta.
“The appointment and gifts are a celebration of Laycon’s good character, intellect, and virtues which were proven to the whole world on live TV as better choices than vices.
“A proud son of Ogun State, Laycon displayed the essence of focus in the face of temptations and provocations. This is the true Ogun State spirit, and it indeed confirms that this earned him his academic achievement at the University of Lagos.”
But, it appears Ogun indigenes and Nigerians in general, are not pleased with the decision of Abiodun to give Laycon such gifts, especially after winning a grand prize of N85million in the contest.
The statement from the Governor was greeted with many negative reactions as people accused him of misplaced priority.
To some, Big Brother Naija is not a show that any governor should be proud of, as they described it as one that promotes indecency and immorality among Nigerian youths.
It will be recalled that the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, once called for the replacement of BBNaija with a more beneficial program.
Reacting, Nigerians condemned Abiodun’s gesture towards Laycon.
Here are some of their comments
Funmilayo Ogedengbe-Oresile: “This is totally a disgrace to the Ogun State Government. Do you know how many brilliant citizens of Ogun State are out there suffering, that can’t even get a living? Some are wandering around to get school fees, while some had graduated years ago with good grades but nothing to do as a living. Does it mean education is not the best legacy any longer?
Why do we embrace immorality over education? What lesson does the just concluded BBNaija input in the lives of the youth or what impact does it have over the nation? It’s better you look for something doing rather than doing rubbish.”