Lagos car blast: Fashola urges vigilance

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*Celebrates 51 years birthday with visually impaired students

BY MONSURU OLOWOOPEJO

Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State, yesterday, celebrated his 51st  birthday, urging residents to be vigilant and engage any stranger in their neighborhood, to know the reason for his visit to the community.
This came barely days after a car bomb explosion occurred at the Apapa axis of the state, killing about four persons and injuring others.

Fashola made the appeal at the commissioning of the ‘Fountain of Life Church’ main auditorium, owned by Pastor Taiwo Odukoya in Ilupeju axis of the state, which also had in attendance the minister for communication and technology, Dr. Omobola Johnson, Bishop David Oyedepo and others.

Speaking after receiving a birthday gift from the church, the governor said that if Lagosians are vigilant and adaptive to their community, the challenges of insecurity would end.

The scene of the blast at Apapa.

The scene of the blast at Apapa.

“We will overcome the challenges by been vigilant and adaptive. By asking questions of things that are not normal. Things that failed to follow the original conduct of human behavior. By asking question from people who are strangers in our mist seeking to know where they came from and what their purpose was among us,” he said.

“We must no longer keep quite. I am sure that if we do these simple things, all will be well with us.”
Fashola however tasked residents to continue to live in peace and harmony irrespective of what whatever happens.

His words, “By our action we will show that we have voted to live together; to live in peace and to respect one another’s choices. And it is from that respect that we can earn trust of one another and keep this state together.”
The governor advocated that religious organization should partner the government in eradicating poverty in the country, saying “constructing and engaging residents, are good means of reducing employment.”

He added, “This is the partnership that must exist between the government and the people of different faiths. Religious organization in other advanced countries own business to support their government to provide job and keep the economy going.”

ON HIS BIRTHDAY
While celebrating his 51th birthday with students of the Nigerian Society for the Blind, Oshodi, Fashola said “As I was planning what to do today, I remembered that I have an unfinished business here: the promises I made earlier, to assist the visually impaired. I was not forced to make them.”

He noted that this was why the state government committed about N51 million into the construction of the vocational centre for residents who are visually impaired.

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