The Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has called on residents through out the state to shun all forms of ethnic and religious views calling for violence in the state.
He urged Lagosians to disregard videos in the social media and the online space, creating tension and encouraging ethnic conflicts.
”Inciting videos of this nature are not what our land needs now, following the loss of lives and destruction that fake news, misinformation and unfounded rumours have triggered in our dear State in the last couple of days.The sad incident of the past few days affected everyone who lives, trades or works in Lagos, regardless of their tribe, culture, race and religion. This is a time for us to empathise with one another and not listen to purveyors of evil messages, especially on social media.”
According to the Governor, the videos are the tools of anarchists, whose plan is to create hatred and divisiveness for which Lagos is not known.
He appealed to Lagosians to disregard the calls of ethnic and religious jingoists as well as agents of destruction who are on a mission to destroy the State by pitching residents against one another for yet to be ascertained reasons.
”This is a very critical moment for us as a people. It is, therefore, important that we stand together and remain circumspect because the brewery of falsehood is unrelenting in its mission. Lagos State is the melting point of various cultures, tribes and religions across Nigeria. We have co-existed harmoniously for ages and will continue to live together peacefully. ”
The Governor, reaffirming his administration’s commitment to protect lives and property throughout the state assured residents to shun all videos or audio message in the public space calling for violence assuring that protecting lives and property of all Lagosians is a top priority of the Government.
”Fake news and inciting message merchants are hereby warned to stop their evil enterprise or face the legal consequences of their destructive actions. Our dear State will go through this with the resilience for which we are known and come out stronger.”