The innocence of Governor Sanwoolu on any perceived attack on protesters at lekki toll gate is evidently consistent with the truth of the moment. The present and antecedence of Babajide Sanwoolu does not portray a democrat in his person as enemy of those who gave him the mandate. He is simply a victim of conspiracy of those who are determined to rubbish the reputation he has built for ages.In a state of anarchy we recently experienced during the end SARS protest a clear distinction between activism and hooliganism was evidential. The right to protest is universal but the right to loot and destroy is unacceptable to international best practices of raising a voice against any perceived injustice. The war of calumny is unintelligent. Inviting the Nigeria Army is not a crime in a very helpless situation, with a good intention, the Governor has never and will never order killings.
Clearly evidential, the police were the target of protesters and could not have been the best option, there is no way the Governor would have trained the military professionalism expected of the Nigeria Army in the circumstantial volatility of the protest involving the Nigeria youth.A good intention should not be genuinely labelled a massacre in the spirit of posterity. The success of Lagos state is a threat to conspirators. Let us stand in defence of the future of Lagos state.
It was evidentially established that Governor Sanwoolu made several efforts on this matter before the unfortunate uncontrollable elongation of the protest ,he appealed to protesters, joined them,took a message of the youth directly to the president Muhammadu Buhari in Aso Rock ,there is no way someone who shared in the excruciating pains of the youth, will make a U Turn for massacre as an option.
In the court of public opinion, this conspiratorial allegations assaults logic in any sense of objective assessment. He has no history of violence as an individual and as a Governor in his administrative disposition to life. In all honesty, after the unfortunate incident ,he went to hospitals to visit those injured.It is the right of all Nigerians to protest but politicising fabricated numerical figures of killings is the highest level of calumny in modern history. We must defend the truth because it is unassailable .Lagosians must not allow enemies to succeed in derogatorily attacking our brand as a peaceful state and government from time immemorial.
In view of my appeal to lagosians and Nigerians, history will vindicate us, if we are clever enough to see those who are determined in destroying Lagos infrastructures and government multifaceted innovations for development as our enemy. We should defend our reputation with score cards of socio economic development and indices of rule of law in our DNA as a people . An injury to Governor Sanwoolu is an injury to our mandate. Without being hyperbolic he has been proactive and sensitive. It is illogical for a Governor who cannot control the Army and police constitutionally to order killings.
Honestly commendable,Inviting to maintain peace and order politely helpless in the circumstances of end SARS protest should logically not be construed as invitation to killings by any sane Nigerians. The Governor has no military professionalism to teach the Nigeria Army how to protect Nigerians.Their rules of engagement is within the ambit of their professionalism. It was unfortunate. I crave the indulgence of all lovers of democracy to raise a voice in support of Governor Babajide Sanwoolu led administration for a better Lagos. It might be difficult but with our support all, it is possible to win a race against falsehood in the court of public opinion. Thank you all.
University of Lagos
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