Nigerians yesterday poured their hearts out on the culture of waste and unnecessary spending by elected leaders. This was on the controversial visit of the beautiful Namibian princess and 2013 reality show- Big Brother Africa the Chase winner Dillish Mathews to the Edo state Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole in Benin, the Edo state capital.
They described the luxurious hosting of the 23 year old Namibian as unnecessary and misplaced priority as there are more important pressing issues to be handled.
Big Brother Africa the Chase winner, Dillish Matthews and her Namibian best friend who also contested in BBA, Maria Nepembe came in to Nigeria and were lavishly hosted by the Edo state Governor, Oshiomhole in Benin.
Some people, who spoke to our correspondents, noted that the Governor has become a preacher who does not practice what he preaches. Francis Idahosa, an Edo indigene vehemently stated: “why is our Governor wasting our state money to host Dillish? Of what economic importance is the visit? Some days ago he suggested to President Goodluck Jonathan to shun the planned national conference and call for an unemployment conference and create jobs, is he creating any job with the lavish reception to the Namibian girl? Why do our leaders luxuriate around at the expense of the citizen?”
Another respondent, Ukashat Umoru, decried the needlessness of the brazen waste of fund, nothing that the state still holds the highest records of Nigerian girls prostituting outside the country. He noted: “Edo state still holds the record for the highest numbers of females being exported abroad for prostitution; some of these girls ran out of options, imagine how many of them would have been saved if such wasted money was used to build skill acquisition centers in the state”.
Adeleke Lekan added that it is pure disrespect for the electorates. “When he was begging for his people to vote for him, did he tell them he will be using his time in office and their resources to host people who will not add any value to the lives of the people in the state? This is not right; two people from Nigeria – Melvin and Beverly Osu – were also part of the reality show; though they did not win, they went far and lasted till the tail end of the show. Were they ever invited by any Governor? No! Yet they are here in Nigeria and are Nigerians, and a Governor is hosting a foreigner,” he said.
It would be recalled that the Namibian was in Benin City, Edo state in 2012 for Miss University Beauty Pageant which was held in the state of which she was a contestant along with 38 others. Dillish Mathews disclosed while in the Big Brother Africa house in South Africa that while in Benin in 2012, they (the 39 contestants) visited Governor Adams Oshiomhole; adding that the Governor gave them three thousand dollars($3,000) which is about N480,000 each.