The Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, has on Thursday, visited his Lagos State counterpart, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to sympathise with him over the recent loss of lives and properties in the State, after the ordered shooting of peaceful EndSARS protesters, at Lekki toll gate, on Tuesday night, October 20,
Governor El-Rufai said that Governor Sanwo-Olu did all that needed to be done to prevent the demonstrations from degenerating to violence, but those who thrive in violence infiltrated the protests, to achieve their agenda.
According to a statement by Governor Sanwo-Olu’s Chief Press Secretary, Gboyega Akosile, the Kaduna State Governor stated that he nearly shed tears seeing photos of burnt and looted sites in Lagos.
The statement was titled: ‘El-Rufai: Youths Who Destroyed Public Assets In Lagos On Self-Destruction’.
“I have spent time to see some of the pictures of the destruction done on public properties in Lagos, and I nearly shed tears. Anyone who cares about development and progress will cry after seeing what has been done to public facilities and people’s investment that provided jobs to youths.
“While expressing anger on Police brutality may be right, but destroying public properties, which will have to be rebuilt using money that is needed to invest in other public infrastructure, under the guise of protest, is nothing but self-destruction.
“The Government of Lagos and the Federal Government will have to re-invest scarce resources that could have been used for other things to rebuild the vandalised facilities.”
The Kaduna State Governor also sympathised with the Nigeria Police Force, NPF, and those who lost loved ones in Lagos, in the wake of the violence, saying that the Federal Government must not allow wanton destruction of public assets to happen again.
On his part, Governor Sanwo-Olu thanked his colleague, stating the State has moved on, but “vowed to make the State uncomfortable for those with the intention to destroy the State’s economy and heritage”.
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