The Chairman of Oshodi/Isolo Local Government, Hon Bolaji Muse-Ariyoh has praised the patriotism and commitment of the youth of the council for not joining the #ENDSARS protest that was hijacked by hoodlums to foment trouble in the council.
The council boss in an address to the residents praised the youths and urged them to maintain the tempo of unity and peaceful coexistence.
Read the full speech below:
Dear Residents of Oshodi,
I must commend your resilience, patriotism, and commitment to the relative peace of our community since Lagos state was set in turmoil.
Your actions and calmness not to be swayed with the pandemonium occurring in the state but to give enduring peace a chance again reaffirmed what we believe in as a people and community at large which is peaceful coexistence.
It is with heavy pain and a great shock to me that what supposed to be a peaceful protest in putting an end to police rascality and brutality under the Endsars movement has wreaked unimaginable havoc in the state with lives and property lost due to the hijacked of the peaceful protest by the real enemies of the state with wanton destruction.
As a Local Government, we also have had our shares on the rampage which has claimed a life and government property destroyed when the hoodlum attacked Makinde Police station
This is highly regrettable but we must forge ahead as a community to forestall further occurrence through peace for the continued development of our great Local Government.
This is time we need to rise in unity as a community and as people to ensure our community is not desecrated through avoidable attacks that can further send the community on an explosion.
We must begin to take responsibility collectively for the enduring peace of our community while the government will continue to set in motion machinery to calm all fraying nerves.
This is time we need to rise together despite the setback the state is experiencing through the path for peace and bringing Lagos back to his feet which is the spirit of Excellence we are known for.
Let’s keep supporting the State Government by calling for peace through which lasting normalcy can return back to our dear Lagos State and Oshodi at large.
I pray God grant us the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss of lives and with no doubt that Governor Babajide Olusola-Sanwo-olu is working assiduously to restore order back to the state which needs our support.
Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria
Long live Lagos State
Long live Oshodi, our heritage.
Idris Bolaji Muse Ariyoh
Executive Chairman, Oshodi-Isolo Local Government.
24th October, 2020.