By Olasunkanmi Akoni & Monsur Olowoopejo
ã€€LAGOS â€” Apparently reacting to various allegations levelled at Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State, an elder statesman and prominent indigene of Lagos state, Chief Molade Okoya-Thomas, yesterday, declared that the current attacks on Fasholaâ€™s administration was meant to distract the governor, saying the plan would fail.
Okoya-Thomas spoke at a public presentation of a book, entitled: Law, Politics and Development: The challenges of an emerging mega-city, published by Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Lagos Branch, in honour of Fashola.
The presentation of the book which was part of the 2010 annual law week of the NBA, Ikeja Branch, had eminent jurists such as former National Secretary of NBA, Mr Dele Adeshina SAN; Mrs Aka-Bashorun, wife of former NBA President; Ade Kassim, SAN; Lagos State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Olasupo Sasore; Alhaji Lai Muhammad; Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Muiz Banire and Prof. Abisogun Leigh, former Vice Chancellor of Lagos State University, LASU, among others in attendance.
In his opening address as the chairman of the occasion, Okoya-Thomas poured encomiums on the governor which instantaneously elicited loud ovation from the audience.
His words: “He (Fashola) is a man that has been made by God and put into that position and he cannot be destroyed. I have followed the ranglings and I have played many parts to see that the fire is quenched.
“When I read reports in the media about it, I just say to myself that if we continue to fight amongst ourselves, we would be giving our opponents materials to work against us. That is why I suggest very strongly that he should be left alone to continue his good job.
“Having gotten to this age, I am not afraid of anybody and I must say the truth; Governor Fashola has done a lot of good work and he must be left alone to continue and only God can take him out of that seat.”