The looting and destruction of properties in the aftermath of the #EndSARS protest in Lagos State were deliberately done to hurt residents of the state, Governor of Borno State, Babagana Zulum, has said.
The governor stated this when he and other political leaders from the North-East geopolitical region paid a solidarity visit to Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Governor of Lagos State, on Saturday.
According to him, the cost of rebuilding the state would bring about discomfort to residents whose businesses were tied to the peace in Lagos.
He said: “We are here on behalf of governors from the entire north-east region and its people to commiserate with the people of Lagos and their governor over the recent unfortunate incident of violence that happened in Lagos, which left wanton destruction of both the public and private properties.
“While we strongly condemn any form of brutality by the police in any part of the country, we also condemn what has happened in Lagos.
“The destruction was engineered to hurt this blooming state and its economy. We condemn the excesses of the youths who took to violence to express their grievances. There was no need for the violence when the authorities had already conceded to their demands.”
Governor Zulum likened the style of the destruction of key Lagos government assets to the manner with which Boko Haram carried out attacks on public utilities, noting that it could take years for the state to fully recover from the wreckage.
He urged young people across the country to always use non-violent means to express their grievances, pointing out that destroying infrastructure meant to serve the public shouldn’t be an option.
The governor also advised those bent on staging another round of protest to allow the wound left by the destruction and looting of properties to heal.
He noted that governors had been working with the Federal Government to ensure victims of police brutality get justice and compensation.
Governor Sanwo-Olu, on his part, said the attacks had not weaned away Lagos’ ability to turn around its misfortune to opportunities, hinting that the state would come out stronger and better.