The Nigerian Government through its Vide President, Yemi Osinbajo, has said that there is the acute need to find way to rebuild the trust between the government and the governed in the aftermath of the EndSARS protests.
Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, made this statement whiles addressing attendees during the Rebuild Lagos: Dialogue and Partnership event organised by the Lagos State Government to inaugurate the Eight-member Board of Trustees of Rebuild Lagos Trust Fund held at Ikeja. Osinbajo said that it was important for government at all levels to rebuild the lost confidence with citizens, as this is one sure way to see to it that there is no repeat of the destructions witnessed in the country in the aftermath of the EndSARS protest.
He added that the carnage witnessed in Lagos should not be allowed to repeat itself. Yemi Osinbajo described the destruction as a national tragedy and a major setback for the country, noting that the bulk of the country’s non-oil income came from Lagos State.
“Never in the history of our nation has this former capital city, and our nation’s commercial nerve centre experienced such mindless acts of violence and the enormity of destruction that occurred. “Perhaps, it is worth emphasising that the destruction and disruption of life and work in Lagos is a national tragedy and a major economic setback for the nation, even as we face the most difficult economic challenges in our generation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.”
“We have seen how the noblest causes, such as the EndSARS protests designed to call attention to a serious malignant problem of brutality and extrajudicial killings, can be subverted, leading to the exact opposite of its objectives; chaos murder, looting, and arson.”
“So, we saw what can happen when the restraints of law and order are loosed and anarchy is given free rein.”
“These trying times offer an invaluable learning opportunity, a teachable moment, and it is the lessons we draw from this period that will shape our path going forward,” he said.
The Vice President entreated the private sector to collaborate with the Lagos State Government as it makes moves to rebuild the state. “It is now time to rebuild. It is time for the painful and costly task of reconstruction and rehabilitation. It is now time for the private sector, our international friends and partners, and all who love this city to make their contributions to the rebuilding and reconstruction effort.”
“When Lagos works, it works for all. But it is clear that the task of reconstruction goes beyond physical infrastructure or brick and mortar. There is a moral, social, and ethical reconstruction to be undertaken as well. We must rebuild trust between the government and the governed; the vast majority of who are young persons, rebuild trust between law enforcement agents and the communities that they are meant to serve. “We certainly cannot afford to alienate our young people who constitute the majority of our society and bear the burden of enterprise, resourcefulness and innovation required to propel our economy into the future. For their sake and ours, we need broad-based and inclusive prosperity that creates opportunities on a scale commensurate with the aspirations of our population,” he said.
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