30th November, 2023
By Kazeem Ugbodaga
Former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi has condemned ongoing demolition of properties in Lagos and other parts of the country.
Properties on built on drainages in Lagos are currently being demolished to avert flooding in the State by the Lagos State Government.
He said considering the hardship in the country, demolition of properties should be with human face.
The former Labour Party’s presidential candidate in the last presidential election, in series of tweets on X (formerly Twitter), appealed to governments demolishing properties to tread softly.
“It’s with complete despondency and unhappiness that I have followed the ongoing demolitions of properties across the country, especially knowing the extra hardship such acts have been heaping on hapless citizens who are already battling with multi-dimensional Poverty.
“The poor in our midst who are putting their meager resources are going through very severe financial stress that should not be multiplied further,” he said.
Obi lamented that in some cases, the properties being demolished were the life-time savings and retirement abodes of the aged and incapacitated.
“My appeal therefore is for the respective governments involved in this act to consider the hardship in the country and try and put a human face to their actions.
“While we should enforce sensible regulations, all actions of government must show compassion,” Obi stated.