Lagos massive destructions, plot to weaken S'West economy - Governors
South Western Governors have expressed their shock over the massive attacks and destructions of both public and private facilities in Lagos state while saying that the attacks are beyond the #EndSARS protest.
The governors condemned the shooting of peaceful protesters at the Lekki toll gate while also stating that the "no definitive statement" of the Nigerian Army was worrisome.
The governors who spoke on Sunday after touring some the facilities burnt down by alleged hoodlums who hijacked the #EndSARS protest in the state urged Nigerian youths to rise and "defend our land against diabolical incursion ravaging our space".
Asides governors, the delegation included ministers who commiserated with the Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu after visiting some of the destroyed assets which include the Nigeria Port Authority building, the Lagos High Court and the state forensic lab.
Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu who is also the Chairman of the South-West Governors' Forum did liken Lagos state to a war zone.
"We are deeply concerned with the ease with which public buildings, utilities, police stations and investment of our people were burnt despite the proximity of security agencies in those areas.
"The development leaves us with no other option but to believe that there may be other reasons for the continued protest, well-coordinated and funded", Akeredolu said.
"We are particularly worried that 48 hours after the unfortunate accident at the Lekki toll gate by persons adorning military outfit, there has been no definitive statement from the military authorities on the incident.
"Our anxiety becomes heightened by the categorical denial of the Governor of Lagos State concerning military deployment. No governor has powers to authorise the deployment of military personnel in Nigeria", Akeredolu added.
Akeredolu also said the regression into savage attacks exposed the vulnerability of the south-west to manipulation by divisive elements that were bent on destroying the region's economic prosperity and shared heritage.
The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola urged the residents of Lagos to support the government in solving the mystery behind the violence in the state.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila who also paid a visit to the Lagos state governor, pledged that the National Assembly would do all within its capacity to see that Lagos and other states affected were rebuilt.
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