- Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos spoke about the efforts his government is making to rid the state of kidnapping and other forms of insecurity
- Ambode and Oba Akiolu promised to support the efforts of the federal government to ensure the country's unity
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has described Lagos state as home for all amid the tension that has taken over states and regions in Nigeria.
Ambode also commended the measures so far by Acting PresidentYemi Osinbajo to quell tensions generated by agitation from some ethnic nationalities seeking to break away from Nigeria.
According to him, the unity of Nigeria should be of paramount importance to all.
Speaking in Ikeja when he received the state Council of Obas and Chiefs led by the Rilwan Akiolu, its chairman, Ambode said as Lagos would continue to support every effort made to keep the unity of the country especially by maintaining peace and accommodating all.
Against the backdrop of earlier comments by Akiolu that the Council of Obas and Chiefs in the state were solidly in support of the peaceful co-existence of people in the country, Ambode said the oneness of the country was very important.
He further said it was necessary for every segment of the country to promote the unity of the nation.
“I also want to join the chairman of Council of Obas and Chiefs in Lagos state to reiterate our support for the federal government to keep the unity of Nigeria and also uphold the tenets of the constitution.
“We are very happy that all our traditional rulers in Lagos believe in oneness of Nigeria.
“We are happy also that we are very accommodating.
“We are also happy that we allow people from other tribes to live with us and we are ready to do everything to support the acting president and the federal government in general that every effort they make, we will ensure that Lagos remains peaceful and then Nigeria remains peaceful,” Ambode assured.
The governor stressed that his administration would frontally address security issues in the state.
He said: “I want to thank you for your support in terms of security.
“You are part of the security architecture of Lagos state because without you, we will not get the information we are using to reach out to the police and I also want to thank you for supporting our Neighborhood Safety Corps initiative.
“Like I said, it is about neighborhood safety and we have seen the hands of all our monarchs in the operation of the corps.
“We believe strongly that we need to put more efforts in the Neighborhood Safety Corps to make sure that this issue of kidnapping and other criminal activities become a thing of the past within the shortest possible time,” the governor said.
Concerning the kidnapped students of the state Model College, Igbonla-Epe, Governor Ambode said at the moment, he would not want to reveal details of efforts being made by the government.
“Like I said somewhere yesterday, I don’t like running government on the pages of newspapers because sometimes when we do it, it will jeopardize what we are doing on security which is why we have been very tactical about doing media trial in things like this.
“But just to let our monarchs know what we are doing, I feel very bad each time I hear about this but again life and safety first thereafter we will deal with other things.
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“But to let you know truly that sometimes, some of these kidnapping issues are actually from enemies within but I just pray that when the children comes back, we will be able to talk about those things and so I just ask people to give us some time as we gather intelligence,” he said.
Speaking earlier, Akiolu commended Ambode and prayed for him to have a successful tenure of office, saying that the giant strides of the present government were appreciated.
He traditional rulers in the state were very much in support of the peaceful co-existence of the country, adding that every tribe is welcome in Lagos.
“The peaceful co-existence of everybody is what we are after in Lagos and I have to say that Lagos is home to all,” Akiolu said.
NAIJ.com had earlier reported that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos has urged his predecessor and current works, power and housing minister, Babatunde Fashola, to ensure that the federal government returned all disputed properties in the state.
The properties and buildings include the whole of Ikoyi, Banana Island, Osborne Foreshore, Festac Town, Satellite Town, Trade Fair, among others.
Ambode spoke when he received a report from a special committee he set up on federal government assets in the state.
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