Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State on Thursday visited Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu at the Lagos House in Marina.
El-Rufai in a post on his Twitter account noted that he’s in the state to commiserate with the government and people on recent events in the State.
The Kaduna Governor commended his Lagos counterpart, Babajide Sanwo-Olu for his effort to prevent the #EndSARS protest that degenerated into violence.
El-Rufai said but those who thrive in violence infiltrated the protest to achieve their agenda of wreaking large-scale destruction on public assets and infrastructure in Lagos.
El-rufai who commiserated with Lagos state over the coordinated arson sparked by the #EndSARS protest described the gravity of the destruction as “pure evil”, saying he nearly shed tears as he saw the images of the torched Lagos assets.
He said the young people who carried out the violence intentionally engaged in an act of “self-destruction”, stressing that the repercussion of the action would be felt by them.
He said: “I have spent the time to see some of the pictures of the destruction done on public properties in Lagos and I nearly shed tears. Anyone who cares about development and progress will cry after seeing what has been done to public facilities and people’s investment that provided jobs to youths.
“While expressing anger on police brutality may be right, but destroying public properties, which will have to be rebuilt using money that is needed to invest in other public infrastructure, under the guise of protest is nothing but self-destruction.
“The Government of Lagos and the Federal Government will have to re-invest scarce resources that could have been used for other things to rebuild the vandalised facilities.
“As a colleague, I can confirm that the Governor of Lagos did all that could be done to ensure that this destruction does not take place. It is very sad to see what had happened in Lagos. I want to assure you that we will support you in getting Lagos back on track. We will do whatever support Lagos needs from us to get back better.”
El-Rufai, who said the youth protest against the police was not out of order, said it was wrong for the protesters to call for disbandment of the entire police force because of the action of a few bad eggs.
He sympathised with the police and those who lost loved ones in Lagos in the wake of the violence, saying the Federal Government must not allow wanton destruction of public assets to happen again.
The Lagos Governor in his response, thanked el-Rufai for the extension of support towards rebuilding the State, welcoming all forms of assistance that could be rendered to keep the flourishing for businesses.
Sanwo-Olu, intimated his Kaduna counterpart of steps already taken to rebuild Lagos, saying the State Government was doing all it could to support those whose businesses were destroyed and create ambience for commercial activities to get back stronger.