Magodo Invasion: Disrespect To Sanwo-Olu Unacceptable-Southwest Governors
The South West Governors Forum has condemned the brazen assault on the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, calling on the Inspector General of Police (IG), Usman Alkali Baba to explain the justification for the intrusion.
In a press statement signed by the Chairman South West Governors Forum and the Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, asked the Lagos state Governor to deploy the Regional security outfit (Amotekun) in the State to protect the lives and property of the people.
“We are in possession of a video which has gone viral on the social media concerning the disgraceful exchange between a police officer, a CSP, and the Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwoolu, the supposed Chief Security Officer of the State, at the Magodo Residential Estate.
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“The content of the video is very disconcerting, and this is being charitable. The utter disrespect, which underlines the response of the officer to the Governor establishes, beyond doubt, the impracticability of the current system, dubiously christened “Federalism”. An arrangement, which compels the Governor of a State to seek clarifications on security issues in his jurisdiction from totally extraneous bodies or persons, is a sure recipe for anarchy.”
The forum condemn the role of the Attorney General of the Federation, Mr Abubakar Malami SAN which they described as an act of gross moral turpitude.
Further, they reiterated to continue interrogating the current system, which treats elected representatives as mere prefects, while appointed office holders ride roughshod over representatives as Lords of the Manor.
“If the purported Chief Security Officers of the States of the Federation require clearance from the office of the IG on matters within their areas of jurisdictions, only hypocrites will wonder why the current security crisis deepens and there appears to be no solution in the foreseeable future.
“Any expectations of rapprochement between so called federating units and federal security agencies are becoming forlorn, progressively, due to deliberate acts which mock our very avowal to ethics and professionalism.”
The Governor Forum drummed support for the Lagos State Governor; calling on the President and Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces, General Muhammadu Buhari to rein in the excesses of certain elements bent on acting in a manner capable of eroding the bond of trust existing between the people and the Federal Government.