Ever noticed that there are lot of monuments and street names all over the world with human names? This global practice arose from a need to honor some of society’s most decorated heroes after their demise. In many cases, the level of impact by the individual to the development of their immediate community and sometimes beyond, influences the nature of ‘immortalisation’ they get.
Nigeria is no different and has key places of public interest as Murtala Mohammed Airport, Umaru Musa Yar’adua Airport, Nnamdi Azikwe Airport, Obafemi Awolowo University and so many others as examples. This is no doubt why Nigerians on Twitter today are reacting passionately to the news that the Senate is considering the renaming of the Ibadan Airport after deceased former Oyo Governor, Abiola Ajimobi.
The Senate has requested that President Buhari should rename Ibadan Airport after the late Abiola Ajimobi. pic.twitter.com/y5VVBywpLI
— Naija (@Naija_PR) July 7, 2020
For many, it is difficult to identify his legacies as Governor that would justify such huge honour. They were vehement in making a case against the move.
owes pensioners, embezzle money to buy house in USA, converts state properties/lands to his own and having nothing tangible to achieve as a governor for 8 good years.
Nigerian Senators: let's rename the ibadan airport after him and build statuses for him round the state. https://t.co/sElhOijlOL
— Ette Ibibio (@geeweeny) July 7, 2020
Something definitely must be wrong with the 9th Senate to propose renaming Ibadan Airport after Ajimobi. Is Abuja that far away that they cannot gauge the pulse of the people of Oyo State, or, they just want to suppress it with the Federal Might?!
— Yomi Ogunlola (@OgunlolaYomi) July 7, 2020
Owes pensioners, embezzled a lot of money next thing is to rename Ibadan airport with his name.
I feel sey na craze https://t.co/1SxbTlzjVN
— Damilare Alves (@damilare_alves) July 7, 2020
While some feel it should not be a priority for the Senate at this time..
What is wrong with Senate bayi?
Is renaming the most important thing Ibadan Airport need right now?
How many roads have they move motion to get repaired in Ibadan?
Is the road leading to the airport in good condition?
When will they move motion for something good in Nigeria? https://t.co/Y8QGQEga7T
— ✨ELINA✨ (@duchess_of_oau) July 7, 2020
Ibadan airport is now better than Ibadan road. Why can't senate ask federal government to build new roads and name it after late Ajimobi. Which kind of legislator be this?
— YEMI ASHIMOLOWO (@YemiAshimolowo) July 7, 2020
For Chinedu Okafor, its all about making an impact with words, creating a profound impression on the audience with the intended narrative.