The governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has called on some youths to join him in a peace walk to herald the healing of the state in the aftermath of the #ENDSARS protests that rocked Lagos in October 2020.
The government extended the invite during a press conference held at the Statehouse, Alausa, Ikeja on 30th November 2021. The governor said it will signal a new beginning towards the rebuilding of the state.
Sanwo-Olu specifically invited Folarin Falana, the entertainer better known as Falz, Skit maker, Debo Adebayo, popularly known as Mr. Marcaroni, Dele Farotimi, an activist and lawyer; Temitope Majekodunmi, Segun Awosanya, Singer, Seun Kuti, among others, to join him in what he described as a historic March for Lagos.
According to the Lagos State Governor, “Nobody will build this city for us. Let us show the world who we are. We are Lagosians. A people of great renown, driven by the irrepressible spirit of Lagos.”
“It is a testimony to our strength and resilience as a people that, despite the huge losses incurred because of these terrible incidents, we have bounced back, with our economy as vibrant and virile as ever. I have no doubt whatsoever that our prospects are as bright as ever and the best lies ahead of Lagos State and Nigeria.” governor Sanwo-Olu said
The governor said his administration will ensure the provision of a safe platform, through the Ministry of Justice, where young people can register complaints that border on human rights violations.
Sanwo-Olu also said the government was seeking ways to improve security in the state, saying that his administration was focused on establishing measures that will guarantee the safety of lives and property. “We will make it easier for our young people to initiate formal complaints on human rights violations through the Ministry of Justice.”
He also pledged to improve the coordination between the state government and the security agencies, including the police and the military, adding that the Lagos state government is studying how to improve security policy formulation, information sharing, and clarifying rules of engagement in times of social unrest.
The governor disclosed his government’s plans to establish a detailed procedure for the just compensation of citizens with verified claims of police brutality committed during the protests just as they did in the case of people who lost their livelihood and business during the October 2020 #EndSARS protests.
Story: Ihuoma Ukeje
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