By Charles Kalu
The APC governorship candidate in Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, is calling for peaceful coexistence among the various ethnic groups in the state.
He noted that the state is stronger socially and economically because of its diversity.
Sanwo-Olu stressed the need for peaceful coexistence on the back drop of discriminatory comments fuelled by the disruption of elections in some areas of Lagos State during last weekend’s Presidential and National Assembly elections.
He cautioned that Lagosians should not play into the hands of mischief makers and crisis merchants adding the state is a home for all, and that if elected, his government will serve every Lagosian, regardless of their ethnicity, religion or party affiliation.
In his remarks over the conduct of last Saturday’s elections, which he described as peaceful and well-coordinated, the All Progressives Congress (APC) Gubernatorial Candidate, said that “every resident of Lagos State is central to the promised socio-economic development of the State, and everyone has the right to identify with any party of their choice. We are stronger and better in our diversity.”
“As a politician and a governorship candidate, it will be exciting for me to have the support of every tribe in the state, but where people have other preferences, I cannot say that they do not have such rights. However, it will only be appropriate for the electorate to support a party that has made Lagos a home for everyone”.
“For instance, 40% of teaching staff in Lagos State public schools are non-Yorubas, the pupils in secondary schools, for which Lagos State Government pays for National Examination Council and Senior Secondary School Examinations are in equal proportion between the Yorubas and non-Yorubas in Lagos State”
“As a State, Lagos recognises her heterogeneity and will continue to promote the assorted ethnic composition as a unique advantage over other states in Nigeria. It is only in Lagos State that you can find Principal Officers, who are not ethnic people in the State Civil Service, Parastatals and Establishments. I call on our people to eschew violence and any form of harassment of innocent people. We must live in peace for development to continue in Lagos ”, said Sanwo-Olu.
The APC candidate has anchored his campaign on Inclusive Governance stressing that he will work to positively impact the lives and businesses of Lagosians.
Earlier in his campaign, Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu had engaged a number of stakeholder groups, including Ndigbo, Arewa, Akwa-Ibom, Edo, Ijaw and other ethnics associations in Lagos.
Sanwo-Olu has hinged his campaign on the THEME agenda, a wholly social transformation programme, that will bring about a sweeping impact on Transportation & Traffic Management, Health & Environment, Education & Technology, Making Lagos a 21st Century Economy and Entertainment & Tourism.
This policy direction, which the Sanwo-Olu government, will focus its developmental efforts on, is designed for collaborative execution by the Private and Public Sector to facilitate inclusiveness and shared prosperity