Ebun Francis|Governors of south-west states on Sunday said the vandalisation of assets in Lagos was a “coordinated attempt” to weaken economy of the region.
Ondo state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, who spoke on behalf of the governors, made the discloure after an assessment tour of Lagos state by the governor of the six western states on Sunday on Sunday.
A statement by Gboyega Akosile, spokesman for governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu said, Akeredolu likened Lagos to a war zone, stating that the extent of destruction was shocking.
According to him, the governors condemned the widespread violence, adding that there appeared to be an agenda beyond the nationwide #EndSARS protests against police brutality.
Akeredolu was quoted to have said, “We are deeply concerned with the ease with which public buildings, utilities, police stations and investment of our people have been burnt despite the proximity of security agencies in those areas. The development leaves us with no other option than to believe that there may be other reasons for continued protests, well coordinated and funded.”
“We are particularly worried that 48 hours after the unfortunate incident 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 the military deployment. No Governor has powers to authorise deployment of military personnel in Nigeria.”
Akeredolu further stated that the regression into savagery exposed South-West’s vulnerability to manipulation by divisive elements bent on destroying the region’s economic prosperity and common heritage.
The governors also unanimously disowned the war-mongering rhetoric of a man, Adeyinka Grandson, in a video circulating on social media.
They urged the Yoruba and non-Yoruba residents in the South-West to disregard the threat of violence issued in the video, saying the “secessionist” had no authority to speak for the Yoruba.