El-Rufai: destruction in Lagos moved me to tears

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Nasir El-Rufai, Kaduna State Governor on Thursday said that the damage he saw in Lagos during the EndSARS protest moved him to tears.

He commended his Lagos State counterpart, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, for quickly put an end to the protest as it degenerated into violence.

El-Rufai spoke in Lagos when he visited Sanwo-Olu to empathise with him on the chaos that occurred in the state during the protest against police brutality.

Nasir El-Rufai said those who thrived by violence penetrated the hitherto peaceful protest to achieve their agenda of causing large-scale damage on public and  private properties in the state.

He said: “I have spent time to see some of the pictures of the destruction done on public properties in Lagos and I nearly shed tears. Anyone who cares about development and progress will cry after seeing what has been done to public facilities and people’s investments that provided jobs to youths.

“While expressing anger on police brutality may be right, but destroying public properties, which will have to be rebuilt by using money that is needed to invest in other public infrastructure, under the guise of protest, is nothing but self-destruction.

“The Lagos and the Federal governments will have to re-invest scarce resources that could have been used for other things to rebuild the vandalised facilities.”

Also, Sanwo-Olu has advised fellow state chief executives to avoid unnecessary spending so that they could have more resources to meet the basic needs of the people.

Sanwo-Olu spoke on Thursday at the 22nd annual Tax Conference of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN) at Eko Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.

He went further to say , “What I have done till date is that I have not purchased any single official vehicle for myself, for any of my personal staff or any of my family members from the government purse. If you see me have a convoy of 10 vehicles, these are all vehicles I was using during my campaigns.

“Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai joined me in one of my cars this morning and I can tell you that vehicle was one of the vehicles I used for my campaign; it is not brand new.

“So, I said to my people that it is not a fanciful thing that every governor must begin to buy brand new vehicles when you do not need to. So, all of those millions have gone back into the treasury of the state and we are using it to develop the state very well.”