By Yemi Adebowale
Shock, disbelief, condemnation and outrage have continued to pour from Nigerians across the globe as news of how former Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola spent a whooping N78 million of taxpayers money for the upgrade of his personal website – tundefashola.com broke in the Nigerian social media on Friday.
The contract details was exposed via a budget report on the website of the Lagos State Public Procurement Agency.
Widely celebrated both at home and abroad as one of Nigeria’s best performing public officers ever, Friday’s revelation is coming as a shock to many Nigerians who had elevated the former Lagos State governor to the status of a new age deity drawing parallels between him and world leadership icons. Throughout his 8-year stint as Lagos State governor, Fashola was the toast of the media and rode on extreme media goodwill which presented him to the Nigerian public as some sort of ‘saint’.
Prior to Friday’s startling exposure of the Fashola website scandal, to criticize Fashola was a taboo, especially in the Nigerian social media where many prominent Nigerian youth icons and senior citizens had endlessly worshiped and even deified him to ‘god’ status. Some even elected him President of Nigeria while expressing their opinions.
In this feature, BREAKING TIMES’ Yemi Adebowale compiles some tweets archived in Nigeria’s recent social media history documenting thoughts about the Tunde Fashola of Lagos that was once the darling of “all.”