Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State has come under heavy criticisms for giving 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 top government functionaries.
Giving update on his social media handles, Governor Abiodun said:
“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.”
But, it appears Ogun indigenes and Nigerians in general are not pleased with the decision of Abiodun to give Laycon such gifts, especially after winning a grand prize of N85million in the contest.
The statement from the Governor was greeted with many negative reactions as people accused him of misplaced priority.
To some, Big Brother Naija is not a show that any governor should be proud of, as they described it as one that promotes indecency and immorality among Nigerian youths.
It will be recalled that the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, once called for the replacement of BBNaija with a more beneficial programme.
Oba Ogunwusi said the show misrepresents the goodness of the Nigerian youths.
Reacting, Nigerians condemned Abiodun’s gesture towards Laycon.