Nigerians berate Gov Abiodun over cash gift to Laycon

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Governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun has been berated for giving the winner of the 2020 Big Brother Naija reality TV show, Agbelesebioba Olamilakan, aka Laycon, a sum of N5million and a 3-bedroom bungalow.

Abiodun presented the gift to Laycon, on Tuesday, while Laycon was in the Governor’s office at Okemosan, Abeokuta, where he met the Governor and other senior state officials.

The Governor, on his social media platform had said:

“We have appointed the winner of the Big Brother Naija Lockdown, @itslaycon Youth Ambassador of Ogun State in addition to house and cash gifts.

“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.”

However, the action of the Governor has generated strong condemnation from Nigerians who described his action as a gross misplacement of priority. They are of the view that the Big Brother Naija is not a show that any governor should be proud of. The TV show, they argued, does promote immorality and indecency among Nigerian youths.

Laycon and Governor Dapo Abiodun
Laycon and Governor Dapo Abiodun

Reacting to the Governor’s action, Olubunmi Samuel said, “This year overall best students in JETS competition throughout Nigeria were not recognized by the governor despite making the state proud. So it’s those set of people that locked themselves up in a room engaging in every form of immoral acts that can inspire the Governor?”

For Aderanti Adebayor, “Mr Governor, please don’t encourage mediocrity and stupidity, rather make credibility and excellence your watchword. Bbnaija is good, but it’s not the best way to encourage viable and productive youths. Be more progressive in your approach.”

Kolawole Fadeyi said, “Oga, you better stop your unnecessary wasting of the taxpayers money. All our roads are bad, people are facing hardship in the state. Anyway, the remaining two years will determine your position and history will not be kind to you.”

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