Ayo Fayose, the governor of Ekiti State, who likes to flaunt his credentials as a “man of the people”, was photographed buying bananas from a boy who is clearly a minor.
This shameless act mimics Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State, who, last year, thought it was appropriate to buy plantain chips from an underage street hawker.
Both of these governors are failing in their constitutional duty to protect the human rights of these children who should be in school. The Nigerian Constitution states that: “The State shall direct its policy towards ensuring that children, young persons and the aged are protected against any exploitation whatsoever, and against moral and material neglect.”
Child labour is exploitation that governors should not be encouraging by using those children as props for burnishing their credentials. It is a shame that they are unaware of how the photographs portray them as extremel ignorant.