A frontline pro-democracy and human rights activist, Comrade Razaq Olokoba has lent his voice to the reactions trailing the statement from the Lagos State University Don and leader of a faith-based organization, the Muslim Right Concerns (MURIC), Professor Ishaq Akintola, who suggested that a Muslim should be the next governor of the state next year after Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu first term tenure.
Olokoba, who has been following the hot argument for and against reasoned that, the matter should be handled with maturity and understanding that, democracy is an avenue for cross ventilation of ideas and free opinion as guaranteed by the constitution cautioning however that, “the debate should be made robust and accommodating so that everybody would have an open mind to learn from each other.”
Recall, that on Monday, April 18, 2022, members of the Lagos Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC) which consists of leaders of the party across the State, endorsed Sanwo-Olu for second term.
The youthful National President of the Campaign for Dignity in Governance (CDG), urges for caution because, “if caution is not applied, the debate that is supposed to be beneficial to all and sundry could ironically heat up the polity more and that would not augur well for the democratic exercise we are operating in the state in particular and the country at large.”
According to him, in a democratic setting, what is indisputable is that, while the minority would have their say, the majority would have their way, stressing however that. “The bottom line that everyone should strive towards is the overall welfare of the majority of the citizenry,” urging that, “the volatile situation on ground should be converted to an avenue for friendly discussion, brotherly interaction and robust discourse where all and sundry would gain and benefit.”
Olokoba however expressed the delights that all the contributors so far in the debate have been civil and humane, urging the trend should not deviate into a situation where things would unnecessarily go out of hand so as to avoid a situation where the cordial atmosphere being savoured in the state should be disrupted.
Speaking further, the public commentator and political observer however further stressed the need to guide the contributions to the issue at hand now in such a way that, the good work the sitting governor is doing should not be disrupted, saying, the gains of the current administration of Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu should not be buried under the heaps of argument on an election that has about a year to arrive.
Concluding, the respected youth leader, therefore, urged Nigerians both home and abroad to seize the opportunity of these last ten days of the Holy month of Ramadhan to pray for the country to surmount all her challenges and also pray for the success of the Lagos State administration under the leadership of Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, saying, what matters most at this point God’s guidance for all our leaders to take the country to the Promise Land safely.