A former governor of Oyo State and Osi Olubadan of Ibadanland, Senator Rashidi Ladoja, gave a commendable reply to a journalist who accused him of always wearing Ankara clothes and that he doesn't have a private jet despite his wealth.
Ladoja while speaking during an interview with DARE ADEKANMBI as reported by the TRIBUNE ONLINE, stated that he doesn't look at life that way.
He added that he came from a poor family and that if there had been no free education and scholarship, maybe he would not have been educated. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the elites to bring up people behind them instead of displaying their wealth by acquiring expensive materials.
The journalist while commenting on the former Governor's lifestyle said, "Your lifestyle doesn't portray your worth. You don’t have a private jet to fly you around and enjoy life. You go about in Ankara."
Ladoke responded, "What do you mean? Is my Ankara not clean? What do they expect of a billionaire?"
He added, "That is not the way I look at life. My worldview is that it is the responsibility of the elite to bring up the people behind us.
"If there had been no free education and scholarship, maybe I would not have been educated.
"Also, the national atmosphere affects your investment. What is the essence of going in a private jet when 80 percent of Nigerians are not able to feed themselves?
"There are so many things around that can lead to unrest. When the salary of a man is not enough to buy a bag of rice at N30, 000, how do you expect him to live? He will come and waylay you if you are not careful. So, you will be spending more money on security than you should be spending."
Source: Tribune Online
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