On Sunday, the South-West Governors met in Lagos to strategize to strengthen security in the area following the turmoil following the ENDSARS rally.
In his opening remarks, Rotimi Akeredolu, Chairman of the South-West Governors’ Forum, said that the region has been going through a lot lately.
Akeredolu, who is also the Governor of the State of Ondo, said that the police were leading the protesters when the EndSARS protest began in the South-West and other parts of the country.
He said that what began as a nonviolent youth protest gradually developed into something new.
Our experience has been most worrisome in recent past, everyone is concerned, everyone is worried, we have to maintain the harmony that we have begun to notice.
“We are afraid. What we’ve seen in the last few days indicates that there needs to be something to do,’ Akeredolu said.
He said the meeting was aimed at improving ties in the South-West region and seeking ways to resolve youth unrest.
A great assault on our heritage is what we have seen in the South-West. We’ve got to have unity around the board. We need the Federal Government’s help so that this does not repeat itself, “the Governor of Ondo said.
He urged the governors to step up and do their duties, adding that people’s welfare was paramount.
The Governor of the State of Lagos, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, said the South-West region had serious security issues facing the people.
Sanwo-Olu said more than 500 public and private vehicles were destroyed, hospitals, the monarch’s palace, among others, were not spared.
In his speech, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, said the meeting was for government officials to retrace their steps and reconsider a better way to involve young people more to prevent their resilience.
Gambari noted that President Buhari was aware of the extent of public and private infrastructure devastation in Lagos.
He reiterated the determination of the federal government to resolve the many problems and demands of young people in due course.
Gboyega Oyetola (Osun), Dapo Abiodun (Ogun), Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti) and Seyi Makinde (Oyo) were the other South-West governors in attendance.
The meeting was also attended by, among others, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, his counterparts in works and housing, Babatunde Fashola, the Minister of the Interior, Rauf Aregbesola.
Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi, among others, were the traditional rulers in attendance. (nan) (NAN)