By Innocent Anaba
lagos – Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State, yesterday, appealed to protesting lawyers, who stormed his office, to register their displeasure over the removal of fuel subsidy to protest within the ambit of the law.
The governor said it was better to start from the negotiation table than to end there.
The Nigerian Bar Association, Lagos Branch, led hundreds of its members on a march from the Lagos High Court in Igbosere to the Governor’s House at Marina, to register their displeasure over the removal of fuel subsidy.
Chairman of Lagos NBA, Mr. Taiwo Taiwo; former President, Civil Liberties Organisation, CLO, Mrs. Ayo Obe and Mr. Ebun Adegboruwa, among others, led the lawyers.
The lawyers got to the Governor’s House at 10.30am, chanting solidarity songs and armed with placards with inscriptions such as ‘Impeach Jonathan now,’ ‘80 per cent of Nigerians lives on one dollar per day,’ ‘fight the so called cabal not the people and ‘prosecute the cabals and reduce cost of governance,’ among others.
Fashola, who addressed the lawyers, noted that if Nigerians have rights to vote, they also have rights to complain against policies of government.
He commended the lawyers for the mature manner they carried out their protest, adding “it signifies maturity of the nation’s democracy.” He stressed the need for Nigerians to look at the economic challenges facing the country and the best way to address them.
The governor: “I will ensure that I get your letters across to Mr. President. But let me say that these are very challenging times locally and globally. There are pressures at every level of leadership and it cannot be different at the national level. But, I believe as a people, we will find a way out. It is important that we continue to engage to talk.”