Prominent Lagos State indigenes have advised Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu strongly against the proposed peace walk billed for this December.
In a press statement signed by their spokesman, Chief Adesunbo Onitiri in Lagos on Monday, the indigenes warned that with the volatile economic and security situation in the country, particularly in Lagos, it would be suicidal to embark on such an exercise.
They expressed the fear that it might be an opportunity for some people to wreak havoc in the state.
According to the statement, the group implored Governor Sanwo-Olu to cancel or suspend the peace walk, particularly as Christmas approaches.
“We are in perilous times, most Lagosians are very angry and hungry. There is acute poverty in the land and the atmosphere is very charged and tense.
“The peace walk may trigger up violent reactions. Let hungry, sleeping dogs lie. Not at this period when most Lagosians are looking for how to put one square meal on the table and how to celebrate the Christmas season,” the statement read.
During a recent press briefing, Sanwo-Olu announced that he would lead a Walk For Peace this month.
He had listed persons invited to accompany him on this Walk For Peace to include Nigerian rapper, Folarin Falana, popularly known as Falz and popular comedian, Debo Adedayo, aka Mr Macaroni, both of whom have declined the invitation.
He had also invited civil society organisations and several institutions to join him.
Meanwhile, students of the Lagos State University (LASU) have promised to join the Walk in large numbers. Other organisations under the control of the state government have assured that they will also participate in large numbers.
But some residents have described the planned Peace Walk as a bad idea, especially with the emergence of a new variant of COVID-19 known as Omicron.
Meanwhile, the prominent Lagos indigenes have also condemned the Lagos state government’s White Paper on the #ENDSARS report.
The statement said, “We strongly urge the governor to apologise to Lagosians for the many alleged unarmed young protesters that were mowed down in their prime.
“The state government should pay adequate compensation to the families of youths murdered in cold blood. A cenotaph should also be erected at the Lekki toll gate as a memorial for the innocent youths murdered.
“We demand justice for the innocent young unarmed Nigerians mowed down at the Lekki Tollgate. Without justice, there can be no peace.”
The indigenes commended members of the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry on #ENDSARS for the “wonderful job done and pleaded with the state government to ensure their safety and security from unnecessary harassment and embarrassment”.
“Members of the judicial panel are people of high integrity and honour, selected by Lagos State government itself on their own self-esteemed achievements. Therefore, nothing should be done either by overzealous government officials or members of the public to disparage their efforts,” the indigenes warned.