The Governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun has been criticised for gifting the winner of the 2020 Big Brother Naija reality TV show, Olamilekan Agbelesebioba, (aka Laycon) a sum of N5miillion and a 3-bedroom bungalow. Laycon was in Gov Abiodun’s office at Okemosan, Abeokuta on Tuesday, where he met him and other senior government functionaries. On the visit, Gov Abiodun wrote via his social media handles: “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, AKA 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,” he added.
The Governor’s narratives did not go down well with some social media users who criticiesd the Governor for his decision. A twitter user, Temilolu oluwale wrote: “ I don’t think that was necessary sir, but it’s already done, someone had 85m for BBNaija while the best student of the state gets 100k and job offer job at the state as civil servant…. It’s so sad Naija still has a long way to go.” Another user, Victor Odumosu said: “of what importance is that when you have loads of intellectual graduates geniuses nobody ever recognized don’t think there is value for sound education anymore”. On his part, Sheriff Ola said: “leadership is lost, people that are suppose to create direction for the populace themselves need to be guided . on what basis are you rewarding him with so much?” While Adeyinka Jeleel said: “keep wasting the resources of ogun state on what is not necessary”