Coalition Warns Against Economic Sabotage
Some eminent Lagos State indigenes have
advised Governor Babajide Sanwo- Olu to
shelve the proposed peace walk billed for this
In a statement signed by their spokesman, Chief
Adesunbo Onitiri, yesterday, the elders, who
operate under the aegis of Prominent Lagos
State Indigenes, warned that with the volatile
economic and security situation in the country,
particularly Lagos, it would be suicidal to
embark on such exercise.
They expressed the fear that it might be an
opportunity for the enemy of Lagos to set the
state on fire with the proposed peace walk.
“We are in perilous times, most Lagosians are
very angry and hungry. There is acute poverty
in the land and the atmosphere is very charged
and tense. The peace walk may trigger violent
reactions. Let hungry sleeping dogs lie. Not at
this period when most Lagosians are looking
for how to put one square meal on the table
and how to celebrate the Christmas season,”
the statement read.
While condemning the state government’s
white paper on the #EndSARS panel report, the
group urged the governor to apologise to
Lagosians for the many unarmed young
protesters that were allegedly mowed down in
Meanwhile, a coalition of civil society
organisations, Defend Lagos, has cautioned that
any attempt to sabotage the economic activities
of Lagos State through the narrative of
#LekkiMassacre would be resisted.
The group, yesterday, said it was unfortunate
that the good intentions behind the 2020
#EndSARS protests were destroyed when
hoodlums hijacked the process to destroy
significant monuments, lives and even various
security posts in the country, especially in
This was contained in a statement signed by
leaders of Committee for the Protection of
Peoples Mandate (CPPM), Nelson Ekujumi;
Activists For Good Governance, Declan
Ihekaire; Centre Against Injustice and Domestic
Violence (CAIDOV), Gbenga Soloki; Coalition of
Oodua Self Determination Groups (COSEG),
Dayo Ogunlana and Grassroots Democratic
Initiative, Razaq Obasola, among others.
They commended Governor Sanwo-Olu for the
spirit of statesmanship displayed in reaching
out to some of the leaders of the #EndSARS
Protest Movement during his broadcast on
Tuesday 30th November 2021.
The group also appealed to the governor to
rally the Presidency, National Economic Council
(NEC), All Progressive Congress (APC)
legislators, Police Service Commission and the
Inspector General of Police amongst others to
push for necessary reforms in the police.
According to them, those bandying the
massacre narrative have a bigger agenda, and
with time, the truth would unfold.