Muhammadu Buhari Nigeria – Another cries of sorrow from the Buhari`s administration!!! Festac town, on Sunday had a taste of the federal power shown through Lagos State government.
Sanwo Olu`s administration which have been marred by allegation of godfatherism, confusion, bribery and corruption gave orders to the Lagos State Task Force to demolish buildings and markets around Festac town, Agboju Market, and Shanties. All these operations were carried out without prior notice.
The News Agency of Nigeria report that average blue collar workers in the area counted their loss as they watch their hard earned money shattered into little rocks.
News Agency of Nigeria report the task force was directed by the Federal Housing Authority of Nigeria to carry out the operation. The shattered buildings are mostly owned by Easteners.
The leaders of the task force and the Federal Housing Authority refuse to comment when confronted with evidence of Muhammadu Buhari administration intentionally destroying properties owned by people who came from the Eastern part of Nigeria (Igbos).
This is partiularly disturbing for citizens who were surprised by the harsh treatment they received from the same people they elected a few years ago.
Over 100 shops owned by Igbos were destroyed, a few shanties and multiple building pulled down by the task force and FHA.
The News Agency of Nigeria interview a few of the victims. A couple who have been in the same spot for over 10 years cried and shouts “I regret ever been born in this ountry ruled by Buhari.” Reports also shows traders, artisan and churches try moving their tools and properties, but little time was giving without notice and could only salvage a little of what they have worked for all their lives.
Mr Isaac Kadiri, Vice President, Nigerian Automobile Technicians Association (NATA), Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area, described the demotion as a disaster.
He told NAN: “We believe that if government wants to chase us away, it should give us an alternative but it just gave us seven days’ notice to leave.
“We had an alternative place at 6th Avenue that was given to us by FESTAC Town Residents Association and Federal Housing Authority but the place is not ready.
“We put the access roads here, but look at what we are losing. We have lost more than 100 million here. What we have lost here we can’t gain back.
“We have mechanics, battery chargers, vulcanisers, panel beaters and painters as our members.
“We were served the seven days’ ultimatum through Lagos State Task Force, which claimed FHA invited it to carry out the demolition.”
Kadri called on Nigeria government and Muhammed Buhari administration to urgently provide an alternative place for the artisans and others affected by the demolition.
“We want government to give us a place where we can earn our living. If it says the site is ready tomorrow, we will move.
“We were paying rent to Amuwo Odofin Local Government. We are paying tax to Lagos State Government. We pay rent of N10,000 each, per annum. We are more than 5,000 artisans.”
An affected panel beater and painter, Mr Hamad Tijani, said: “When we got here, it was just bushes and swamp; nothing was here but we sand-filled the place and many people are benefitting from here now.” (NAN)
“Government should help us as citizens of this country, there is no place for us to go.”
A mechani, Mr Fatai Onidolu, alleged that the place allocated to the artisans by FHA at 6th Avenue had been sold.
“So where do they want us to go now? They gave us seven days’ notice which is too short to find an alternative. Why are they treating us this way?”
A cleric in Festac Town, who pleaded anonymity, appealed to FHA to show mercy to the affected occupants and give them time to move things.
He said that many Nigerians were undergoing hardship occasioned by COVID-19 pandemic, insecurity and economic downturn, and also urge the Muhammed Buhari and his entire administration running Nigeria to remember we are still a democratic government.
He said that although government had a right to its property, the timing of the demolition was wrong and the notice short. (NAN)