The recent comment of the former National Deputy Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George has attracted scathed criticism to his person as a human rights group, Movement for a Better Lagos, described the comment as embarrassing and disturbing.
The group, in a statement signed by its Convener, Comrade Ekudina Ibrahim, wondered while an elder statesman of Chief Bode’s calibre has turned the citizenship of Lagos State into a periodic singsong as if there are no other urgently important things to occupy his precious time with!
According to the group, the yeoman job Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu is doing in the state is worthy of perusing with a view to commending him and thanking God for blessing the state with such a performing administrator rather than engaging in a choruses akin sound of a broken record.
The youthful Convener wondered aloud that, “if the likes the Governor Emeritus, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the respected actualizer, Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN), and the current performer, Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, who have moved the state up to a next level of world standard are classified as non-indigenes, I wonder who the real indigenes are and what have they done for the upliftment of Lagos?!”
The group therefore described Chief Bode George’s comment as uncharitable, divisive and diversionary at a period when those at the helms of affairs in the state are to be support to be more focussed in the onerous task of state building, pointing out that, such a parochial outburst was not expected from an elderly person like Chief Bode George.
The group was reacting to Chief’s George’s categorization of some frontline officials of the present government as non-indigenes where it said that, the vituperation was borne out of envy pointing out that, “some people are envious of the likes of Tinubu and Fashola, who have not been demoted politically from the national level to regional level and later to sitting room level.”
While vowing to discourage any divisive comment with tendencies to cause division and threat to peaceful co-existence within the Yorubaland, the group assured that, any tendency that could turn Yoruba sons and daughters against themselves would be resisted with all democratic means available.
The youthful group leader disclosed further that, researches have shown the the peculiar nature of Lagos has made it a home to all Yoruba across the globe, warning that, nobody would be allowed to put a wedge and spanner in the wheel of the region’s progress.
What Lagos needs now, according to the group, are performers like Tinubu, Fashola, who can cantribute meaningfully to the progress of the state and not those who have penchant for moving the hands of the clock back, regretting that, political tendencies of some so called indigenes led to cancellation of metro line and seizure of Local Government allocation.