A former deputy national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George has described as shameful and embarrassing the prevailing discussion about the ownership of Lagos, despite the festering challenges facing the country.
Bode George in a statement he personally signed and obtained by Blueprint, Thursday, stated that the country is at the moment going through hardships, stressing that those elders infatuated with the question of owns Lagos are rather unpatriotic.
“What a distraction! What a disturbance! What a perturbation! It is shameful that at a time millions of Nigerians are going through anguish and extreme pain, some elders are flexing muscles on proprietorship of the Centre of Excellence.
“The question to ask is; what exactly is the intention of these agitators? The whole gamut of argument about the ownership of Lagos is not of any importance to patriotic Nigerians at this crucial time. Obviously, it is just a diversionary issue,” he said.
Chief George, who is an indigene of the state, said “what all these combatants and gladiators should know is that all efforts, at this trying time, should be geared at ensuring good governance, how to tackle economic issues and take people out of poverty, how to put food on their table; how to get the people out of abject poverty.
“How to tackle the insecurity plaguing the country and how to deliver good healthcare to Nigerians whose lives are being cut short by lack of a good health care system.”
He explained that anything short of the things mentioned would be a complete waste of time.
Continuing, he said: “As a bonafide Lagosian, I say without any sense of equivocation that Lagos has been, and would remain, a centre of commerce, which has allowed everybody to settle down here. It is not in our tradition to discriminate. “People settle down from all over Nigeria and from the entire West African coast from time immemorial – a culture which has remained with Lagos and the city of Kano, the only two cities known for commerce in Nigeria.
“People are presently angered, thus the rhetoric about who truly owns Lagos has gained momentum but we know ourselves. No matter how twisted the narrative, Nigerians know the truth.”
Chief George said it is true the Bini were here in the earliest time but it was temporary, stressing that, “It was not as if they conquered Lagos like the colonial imperialists, as it is being bandied about.”