Ambode, Fashola and the soul of Lagos

SIR: “In our personal ambitions we are individualists. But in our seeking for economic and political progress as a nation, we all go up or else all go down as one people” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

I write as a concerned member of the Lagos society, not standing in between but airing my view as an active resident and citizen of the renowned commercial city of Nigeria, one of the largest economies in Africa.

I watched with surprise the address by the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, when he took to the media to address the challenges he is facing while trying to reshape the city to world-class standard. No doubt, Ambode, as studied by me, after meeting with him before and after his emergence as governor, is not the talking type, but what could have spurred him to make his recent public address on the perceived infighting remains a question waiting for an answer.

Former Governor Babatunde Fashola’s response to Ambode’s press conference says much about his oratorical prowess,  but his answers raise further questions on his position on “Lagos first” agenda.

It is said that Fashola is not on the same page with Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the respected All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader. It is important for the party to put its  house in order, especially given the image of Lagos as a model for the other states in the country, and the position of the APC as the country’s ruling party. Lagosians are watching; the grass may not wait to suffer the wrath of the fighting elephants and the elephants may not see a ground to leverage.

The nation’s economic capital, Lagos State, has in recent times faced criticism and antagonism from various quarters, such as rejection of its call for special status and the investigation by the House of Representatives on the transfer of the National Stadium and so on.

The coming together of Lagos State’s finest will strengthen its agitations and further its cause as it seeks to raise its standards to fit its megacity status.

Eniola Opeyemi,

Badagry, Lagos State



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