A member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Moshood Oshun, on Thursday, explained that the Yaba Local Council Development Area (LCDA) was able to record zero violence and destruction during the EndSARS protest due to the cooperation among the youths, traditional rulers and residents of the area in general.
Oshun, who is representing Lagos Mainland Constituency 2, made this disclosure on Thursday, 29 October, 2020 at the Constituency Stakeholders’ Meeting organised by the Lagos State House of Assembly, held simultaneously in all the 40 constituencies of the state.
The lawmaker, who charged youths, traditional rulers, and residents of the LCDA to continue living in peace and harmony, explained further that while violence and property destruction erupted in various parts of the state, Yaba LCDA was one of the few places that did not witness any form of violence or destruction.
According to Oshun, “I am happy to inform you here today that when we were discussing the aftermath of the EndSARS protests on the floor of the House on Monday, I was the only one that stood up to say that there was no violence and destruction in my area.
“I want to applaud all the youths in my Constituency here because you all made me proud. The fact that you stood against those hoodlums who came and try to loot, destroy and cause mayhem, is commendable.
“Also, the leaders in the area spoke to the youths and they listened and ensured that they didn’t allow hoodlums to penetrate them. I commend all of you, I want to commend every resident for this achievements. They use to believe that we are violent in nature but our local government didn’t witness violence or destruction of any type.”
While urging the residents of the area to continue to remain law abiding, he lamented the destruction of private and government property, especially, the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), which he said are meant to service the people.
Oshun said, “We are always talking about these buses in the House that they are not enough for us and that we need to add more but some people just decided to set those buses on fire for whatever reason.
“We should know that these buses were provided for our own good and use, they were procured so as to ease transportation problem in the state but see what some people did to those buses.
“They have said Lagos will need around N1 trillion to fix all that have been destroyed. Now we will have to start looking for that money because I am not sure the 2021 budget can take care of that huge amount.
“I am imploring you to continue maintaining that peace that we already have here. If there is anyone trying to create problems, please give information out to the security agencies so that they will take care of such person,” he added.