The Lagos State Government has disowned and denied a video posted on Wednesday allegedly showing the convoy of Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu driving against traffic.
Former chairman of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Prof Chidi Odinkalu, had shared a video. Odinkalu, in a tweet alleged that Mr Sanwo-Olu was not following in the example of his predecessors.
“For 8 yrs @tundefashola was governor of Lagos, he led by example. He never drove against traffic. How does @followlasg get to such point of precipitous regression?!” Odinkalu wrote.
The 32-second video began with a female voice alleging that Sanwo-Olu’s convoy was driving against traffic because the governor refused to fix bad roads. “He couldn’t even spend 30 minutes in the traffic and this is what we go through every day,” the woman said.
However, the Lagos State Government has said that the filmed vehicle “was not and can never be Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, or any vehicle in his convoy. His Excellency, Mr. Sanwo-Olu has never driven and will never drive against traffic for any reason(s) whatsoever. In fact, he has established instructions against such inappropriateness, which guides his aides and associates”.
In a statement sent to newsmen on wednesday evening, Mr Olusegun Michael Fafore, Executive Assistant, New Media and Public Relations to the Governor, said: “Aside from being the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Sanwo-Olu is an exemplary leader who is fully aware of his moral obligations to the society. Therefore, conducts similar to driving against traffic are beneath his person, and what he exemplifies”.
“More importantly, he is the Chief Campaigner against traffic rules violation in the State, especially driving against traffic. So, flouting the same rules he promotes is inconceivable and a misnomer for him. Driving against traffic is an abhorrent conduct, unbefitting of any responsible citizen”.
“Consequently, no individual in our State, no matter their status, has the right to drive against traffic except in emergency situations, and with due clearance by the Traffic Officer(s) onsite”.
“Strangely, the video making rounds has shown that there are still individuals amongst us who have refused to heed the call for responsible road-use behaviour. This act of irresponsibility has made the enforcement of traffic rules and regulations a responsibility of every Lagosian”.
“Consequently, when any anybody is seen driving against traffic or disobeying traffic rules, we should film them in the act, with their vehicle plate number visible, and forward to the LASTMA telephone numbers provided for reporting such infractions”.
“As the Governor of Lagos State, His Excellency, Governor Sanwo-Olu does not use sirens, stop traffic flow or block the road whenever he is commuting within the State. This practice is a reflection of his belief that everyone has equal rights to the roads and no one needs to displace the other because everyone’s destination is important”.
“Therefore, the narrative of “driving against traffic because of gridlock” is not only unfounded, but a figment of the imagination of the director of the false movie”.
“Governor Sanwo-Olu is aware that Lagos roads need fixing and is deploying a team of contractors to undertake comprehensive rehabilitation works in multiple locations across the State in the coming weeks”.
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