The Borno State Governor, Prof Babagana Zulum, and his predecessor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, on Saturday paid a solidarity visit to his Lagos State counterpart, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, saying the destruction of public property in the state was similar to the Boko Haram terrorists’ attacks in the North-East region.
Zulum, who led a delegation of North-East political leaders to the Lagos State governor in Marina, noted that it could take years for Lagos to fully recover from the wreckage.
He therefore called for an end to the “round of protest to allow the injury left by the destruction and looting of properties to heal.”
According to a release by the Chief Press Secretary to Sanwo-Olu, Mr Gboyega Akosile, on Saturday, titled, ‘Destruction of Lagos assets contrived to hurt residents – Zulum’, the Borno governor added that the governors had been working with the Federal Government to ensure that victims of police brutality get justice and compensation.
Zulum said, “We are here on behalf of the governors from the North-East region and its people to commiserate with the people of Lagos and their governor over the recent unfortunate incident of violence that happened in Lagos, which left wanton destruction of both the public and private properties.
“While we strongly condemn any form of brutality by the police in any part of the country, we also condemn what has happened in Lagos. The destruction was engineered to hurt this blooming state and its economy. We condemn the excesses of the youths who took to violence to express their grievances. There was no need for the violence when the authorities had already conceded to their demands.”
The release further said, “Zulum likened the style of the destruction of key Lagos Government assets to the manner with which Boko Haram carried out attacks on public utilities, noting that it could take years for Lagos to fully recover from the wreckage.
“The governor urged young people across the country and in Lagos to always use non-violent means to express their grievances, pointing out that destroying infrastructure meant to serve the public shouldn’t be an option in public protest.
“He also advised those bent on staging another round of protest to allow the wound left by the destruction and looting of properties to heal. He said Governors had been working with the Federal Government to ensure victims of police brutality get justice and compensation.”
in his reaction, Sanwo-Olu noted that the attacks had “not dissuaded the state’s ability to turn around its misfortune to opportunities, hinting that the state would come out stronger and better.”