The focus of discourse in Lagos and across the 36 states of the Nigerian Federation has been the recent #EndSARS protests and the wanton destruction of lives and properties that followed the peaceful protest by miscreants and unscrupulous elements.
To many Lagosians today, with better understanding of the events of October 20, 2020 and some new facts emanating from the judicial panel of inquiry, it has become clear that the amiable and dutiful governor of Lagos, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, cannot be held responsible for the unfortunate incident that happened at the Lekki tollgate on that fateful night.
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Following this sad event, the Lagos State government, its people and the rest of the nation have continued to count their losses, and casting a glance back at the various events that led to the unfortunate situation hoping to learn from them as we all take that giant and important step of rebuilding from the ruins. In all of these, the exemplary leadership, sense of duty and commitment as evinced by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu are commendable.
It takes a real leader with strength of character, strong vision and genuine concern, selfless service and a strong commitment to do the needful, to survive the stormy situation.
Even when political merchants and miscreants tried changing the narrative against him to pitch him against the people he swore to protect, he never lost his cool as he focused on the real issues of governance.
The Judicial Panel of Inquiry he has set up is making progress and the truth is coming out gradually.
There are clear indications that the rebuilding efforts kick started by the governor are coming to fruition.
Lagos State is a state whose importance and significance are indeed vital and essential to the overall growth of the nation. This is one of the few states where we have citizens from various states in Nigeria living together. To see Lagos fall or crumble is to see the whole of Nigeria fall.
While we look forward to rebuilding Lagos, we must appreciate and give the well-deserving accolades to the man who has committed to heralding this great development, Sanwo-Olu deserves to be commended.
Femi Adeniyi wrote from Lagos.