Of 140 Cities In The World; Why Was Lagos Ranked Number 3 Worst City To Live In After Syria?

The city of Lagos, Nigeria’s acclaimed business operational hub, has been positioned the third most exceedingly awful city to live in among 140 urban communities around the world, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU’s) 2018 positioning of the world’s most liveable urban communities uncovers. The report additionally demonstrated that Damascus, Syria’s war-torn capital, is the most noticeably worst city to live in 2018.

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Lagos was ranked 138th of the 140 countries ranked by the EIU. With a relatively low score of 38.5%, the city was just a little above Syria’s war-torn capital, Damascus, and Bangladesh’s Dhaka. Both cities are hotbeds of violence, destruction and war. Legit.ng notes that the new ranking saw the Australian capital, Melbourne, lose the title of world’s most liveable city after a seven-year reign after dropping to second by just 0.7%. The city was piped to the post by Vienna, which received an overall score of 99.1%.

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According to the EIU, Austria’s capital’s rise to the top was attributed to increased security scores due to a return to relative stability across much of Europe after high-profile terrorist attacks in recent years. The annual list assesses stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure in 140 different cities of the world. On a larger scale, the ranking showed, global liveability has improved for the second year in a row, increasing from 74.8% last year to 75.7% in 2018. In the new ranking, Japan’s Osaka and Tokyo have now moved up into the top ten, coming in third and seventh place respectively. Both cities achieved their highest ranking on the survey this year thanks to a decline in crime rates as well as improvements in public transportation.

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Hamburg and Helsinki, that held tenth and ninth place last year, have dropped out of the top ten, while this year’s ninth-place spot went to Copenhagen, which achieved a score of 96.8%. Canada, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver also performed relatively well, the report said. The report noted that global business centres tend to be victims of their own success because the ‘big city’ buzz they enjoy could overstretch infrastructure and cause higher crime rates.

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It noted that New York (57th), London (48th) and Paris (19th), for instance, are all prestigious hubs with numerous recreational activities but they all suffer from higher levels of crime, congestion and public transport problems. The report showed that Syria’s war-torn capital, Damascus, continues to languish at the bottom of the list, with an overall score of 30.7%. It was followed by Bangladesh’s Dhaka and Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial centre. Recall that in 2017, Lagos was ranked the second worst city to live in after Damascus.

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TROUBLE In Ambode’s Lagos As Hoodlums Vandalise Vehicles, Rob Traders

There was unrest in the early hours of Sunday in the Oyingbo area of Lagos State as hoodlums engaged in a free-for-all. They also vandalised vehicles and robbed traders.
It was gathered that the hoodlums, who reportedly numbered more than 25, were fighting for territorial supremacy on the streets of Oyingbo.
It was gathered that some of the vehicles vandalised by the hoodlums included interstate buses used in transporting farm produce to the Oyingbo Market.
One of the market women, Alhaja Moji Kadara, while counting the losses incurred as a result the fight, said the extent of damage was unprecedented.
She said, “It has been about six months now that they (hoodlums) started fighting; they would come into the community and destroy things.
“On Sunday morning, before I arrived at the shop, I was told not to come early because the boys were at it again. By the time I got there, I saw that they had already destroyed numerous vehicles, including three of the buses that bring in agricultural produce for us from Ile-Ife, Osun State.
“The drivers had to run for their lives when they sighted the hoodlums. The hoodlums stole the battery of one of the buses, broke the windscreens of two others and stole the vehicles’ particulars. They also stole the drivers’ phones and money. I have never witnessed such vandalism before.”
The leader of fruit sellers in the market, Alhaja Fausat Shogbamu, said the fight broke out around 1am and lasted till about 4am.
“I live in the community. The hoodlums broke into six shops and stole every valuable items and money they could lay their hands on. Those selling vegetables were also robbed of their money. They vandalised every vehicle parked on Coates Street, Oyingbo Road and Borno Way; in total, 18 vehicles were destroyed,” she added.
However, when our correspondent visited the area on Monday, seven of the badly damaged vehicles were still parked on the streets, while the others were said to have been evacuated by the owners.
A community leader, Lateef Lasisi, called on the government to make a police patrol team available in the area to put the hoodlums in check.
He said, “The traders in this community are into the sale of agricultural produce. The little they get as proceeds are what they use for training their children through school. Imagine some miscreants breaking into their shops and stealing their money. What we ask from the government is that a police patrol team should be provided for the area any time from 8pm.
“Those bringing the goods from the farms didn’t know what was happening in Lagos, only for them to have their vehicles vandalised on getting to Lagos. It is not fair at all.”
The Baale of Oyingbo, Chief Adegboyega Junaid, said the boys were only using the fight as an alibi to steal.
Junaid stated, “The boys perpetrating these acts are between the ages of 14 and 16. It is when they want to steal that they claim to fight each other and in the process, they vandalise cars, snatch phones from people, break into shops and even injure some people.
“All that were destroyed were valued at about N5m. We have lodged our complaint with the Denton Police Station and we are making attempts to find a permanent solution to the menace.”
The state Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Chike Oti, said some of the boys had been rounded up, adding that investigation was still ongoing to arrest those who were at large.
Oti said, “We received a distress call that a group of boys were engaged in a free-for-all in the Oyingbo/Ebute Meta area of Lagos. A quick intervention team from the Denton Police Station was deployed in the location and brought the situation under control before it escalated. Fifteen hoodlums were arrested.
“One of the boys has made a confessional statement, claiming that he and the others engaged in a territorial battle for supremacy. He took us to where they kept their weapons and we have been able to recover eight machetes and two daggers. Investigation is still ongoing and as soon as it is completed, they will be charged to court.”

Orange Drugs Boss, Tony Ezenna, Launches His New Multi-billion Naira Mansion in Ikoyi, Lagos (photos)

The chairman of Orange Drugs Limited, Sir Tony Ezenna, popularly known as Ikenga Akokwa, has officially launched his new mansion in Lagos.

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Billionaire businessman, and the chairman of Orange Drugs Limited, Sir Tony Ezenna, on Sunday, November 11th, had the house warming for his new mansion which he recently completed in Lagos state.
The exquisite castle is reportedly located at Bourdillon road in the Ikoyi area of Lagos. Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chris Ngige, Senators; Dino Melaye, Osita Izunaso, Chris Uba and many others, were spotted at the house warming ceremony in Lagos.
The billionaire who also has an exquisite mansion known as ‘Elenma Castle’ in his country home in Owerri-Akokwa local government, Imo State, also acquired the latest Rolls Royce Phantom 2019 which he parked in his new home.
See more photos and videos of the breathtaking palace below;

How much do you know about Chief Anthony Ifeanyichukwu Ezenna, one of Nigeria’s richest men? The billionaire mogul behind Orange Drugs Limited has so many interesting things about him – and below are just 20 that we believes you will really enjoy…

1. He hails from Akokwa, Ideato North LGA of Imo State, but was born on April 27, 1957 in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

2. His father, Mr. Ernest Ezenna Ebilekwe, used to run a chemist shop called Eastern Chemists, which he later transformed and rebranded as Orange Drugs Limited, and has today turned to a multi billion conglomerate.

3. He is married to Elizabeth Adaeze, and they are blessed with five children.

4. A staunch Catholic, he is one of the few Papal Knights that Nigeria has.

5. In Akokwa, his place of origin, he holds the reverred chieftaincy title of Ikenga, which means the pride of his people.

6. He once ran for the governorship of Imo State, which didn’t work out.

7. Mostly attired in agbada or buba and sokoto, nearly all his clothes are made by Sofisticat, one of the biggest designers in the country.

8. His childhood days were spent in Onitsha, Anambra and Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

9. He is an avid preacher of courage, honesty, vision, possibility, etc in whatever one is doing.

10. Reading gives him immense joy, and his favorite author is John C. Maxwell.

11. His path and that of his wife crossed while both of them were members of The Bible Society. This was in Onitsha and sometime in the 80s.

12. They wedded in December 1983.

13. His business role model is Sam Walton, founder of Walmart.

14. His favorite politician is Gandhi.

15. He has a phobia for flying.

16. His favorite food is Ukwa (breadfruit) and his favorite drink, red wine.

17. In his garage are some of the most exotic automobiles you can think of – from Bentley to Rolls Royce, BMW to Benz, etc.

18. All his homes are castle-like. The one in the village is in fact called Elenma Castle.

19. A lot of people may not know this, but he stammers.

20. Orange Drugs parades a rich collection of products, among them Delta Soap, Medik 55, Boska, Passion Energy Drink, Procold, Devon Soap…

Magic Stunt Gone Wrong!! Snake Refuses To Come Out After Man Swallowed It In Lagos [Video]

A man was left red faced after his magic stunt went horribly wrong during a performance in Lagos. It was gathered that the man swallowed a snake while performing a magic stunt and found it difficult to pull it out right there in public. A trending video making the rounds online shows the moment the man who wore red and black attire – forced the snake out of his mouth all to no avail. He even tried by coughing vigorously but still couldn’t bring out the snake from his mouth

While he continued with different styles to pull out the reptile, others who had gathered to watch the magic, looked on including passersby and motorists. Nobody offered to help him so as to not get bitten or harmed by the snake. many onlookers watched in horror how he struggled to vomit the snake yet nothing.

Watch the video below.

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This is not the first time snakes have been eating and harming their keepers,  and another case that occurred a couple of months ago with an American naturalist who actually filmed himself being ‘eaten alive’ by a snake for a TV stunt –  although this wasn’t a magic stunt like the Nigerian man but is now facing ridicule for getting his safety team to save him after just part of his head was consumed.

In a footage aired on the Discovery Channel on Sunday night – it airs on UK TV on Friday – 27-year-old Paul Rosolie and his 10-strong team tracked down the 20ft-long, 18st anaconda to the headwaters of the Amazon river. Donning a black armored suit, slathered in pig blood, Mr Rosolie then moved tentatively ‘on all fours’ toward the enormous beast as the cameras rolled and his wife, Gowri, watched. Seconds later, the female anaconda – one of the world’s most fearsome creatures – pounced on its 5ft 9ins victim, latching on to his head, before constricting his arms and body.   

Trapped in the snake's grip: In footage aired on the Discovery Channel on Sunday night, the 27-year-old and his 10-strong team tracked down the 18-and-a-half-stone snake, before letting it pounce and 'eat him'


How Nollywood Actor Femi Adebayo Escaped Death In Lagos

Femi Adebayo narrated that two gunmen wielding AK47s, attacked his vehicle in broad day light, around 7UP heading towards Ojota, Lagos state. He wasn’t in the vehicle at that time and his driver was able to escape from the scene.

He wrote;
“🙏🙏 I thank God for his protection over me and mine. I know my job comes with its risk. Working as an Actor and Politician requires my regular movement.


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🙏🙏 I thank God for his protection over me and mine. I know my job comes with its risk. Working as an Actor and Politician requires my regular movement. . . Today, Just at the U turn coming from CMD Magodo around 7UP heading towards Ojota, my vehicle was accosted by men in a Toyota Corolla. They crossed my vehicle at the U Turn. 2 men alighted from the vehicle bearing AK47s. They tried to force the doors open. They kept hitting my car with the butt of their gun. In the process, they broke the door handle and left dents on different parts of my vehicle. . . All these happened in full view of other vehicles and other individuals passing by. In the short time this happened, no one came to help. The guys were obviously not Policemen, they didn’t wear any Insigna of the force. They wore plain clothes and had extra guts to perform this act during the day at about 12 noon. . . Their assumption will have been that I was in the vehicle but my driver was the only one enroute to my location. With swiftness, he was able to maneuver and speed off. I thank God for keeping him. We are all still shocked at this but grateful to God that no life was lost in the process. 🙏#FemiAdebayo

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Today, Just at the U turn coming from CMD Magodo around 7UP heading towards Ojota, my vehicle was accosted by men in a Toyota Corolla. They crossed my vehicle at the U Turn. 2 men alighted from the vehicle bearing AK47s. They tried to force the doors open. They kept hitting my car with the butt of their gun. In the process, they broke the door handle and left dents on different parts of my vehicle.

All these happened in full view of other vehicles and other individuals passing by. In the short time this happened, no one came to help. The guys were obviously not Policemen, they didn’t wear any Insigna of the force. They wore plain clothes and had extra guts to perform this act during the day at about 12 noon.


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Their assumption will have been that I was in the vehicle but my driver was the only one enroute to my location. With swiftness, he was able to maneuver and speed off. I thank God for keeping him. We are all still shocked at this but grateful to God that no life was lost in the process. 🙏#FemiAdebayo”

Femi Adebayo (born 31 December 1978) is a Nigerian lawyer, film actor, director, producer and Special Adviser to the Governor of Kwara State on Arts, Culture and Tourism. He is the son of the veteran actor, Adebayo Salami.
The award winning actor has been honoured with the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCA) For Best Indigenous Movie (Yoruba) Etiko Onigedu in 2018. In 2017, he also won the City People Movie Awards For Best Actor Of The Year (Yoruba) and the City People Entertainment Awards For Best Movie Producer Of The Year (Yoruba) in 2015.


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Prince Charles Arrives In Lagos

The Prince of Wales, Prince Charles, on Wednesday arrived Lagos for an official visit to the state amid tight security.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Charles and his entourage arrived aboard a B737 aircraft with registration number CS-TFY, which landed at the Presidential Wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos, at 12.08pm.

He was received by the Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Mrs Idiat Adebule, officials of the United Kingdom Consulate and security chiefs.

The prince’s visit to Lagos is in continuation of his three-day business and cultural tour of Nigeria and also to mark the 75th Anniversary of the British Council in Nigeria.

He is scheduled to attend a display by the Nigerian Navy at Victoria Island and also meet with the business community in Lagos before returning to Abuja.

Charles had arrived Nigeria on Tuesday alongside his wife, Camilla and were received by President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House in Abuja.

The prince, who last came to Nigeria in 2006, also met with traditional rulers as part of efforts to build peace in the Middle Belt and other parts of the country.

UCL: Real Madrid squad Experience “Lagos Hustle” in Czech Republic

Real Madrid are in Czech Republic to take on Viktoria Plzen on Wednesday evening, with the Spanish giant’s squad already in the Czech city, having arrived at their hotel on Tuesday afternoon at 1:55 pm Nigerian time.

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But It was a rather disorganised arrival at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel, as there was a traffic jam (Which is a normal thing in Lagos State, Nigeria) and the coach had to reverse towards the zone cordoned off for their entrance.

Real return to the Czech Republic after 17 years, their last visit – to Prague – coming on November 21, 2001. It’s just over an hour’s drive from the brewing cradle of Plzen, and there, the team coached by Vicente del Bosque suffered a 3-2 defeat to Sparta on the day when Zidane scored his first European goal for Los Blancos.

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That edition of the Champions League ended with Zizou’s iconic volley against Leverkusen in Glasgow, giving Real their ninth European Cup. Madrid’s first visit to Plzen could see the premiere of Vinicius Junior in the competition.

Of their five visits to Czech cities (four to Prague and one to Olomouc), Los Blancos have only lost once – on their last visit. Sparta and Dukla, in the capital, and against Sigma in Olomouc have seen a balance of three wins and one draw.

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The city that Madrid have visited the most times in European competitions is Milan. And at the gates of the Duomo, Real have drawn five and lost three. The Lombardi capital has resisted Madrid thanks to the historic potential of Milan and Inter.

More strange is that Real have six draws and three defeats in Athens.

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Of the 55 countries that make up UEFA today, Madrid have played at least one official match in 37 of them. After Spain (263 matches), come Germany (35) and Italy (34).

With the players now having settled in, they’ll shortly make their way to the Doosan Arena for a training session.

Christian group preach against use of tramadol, codeine and marijuana

Drug abuse is becoming a menace that required the attention and intervention of every member of the society as the use of substance like tramadol, marijuana and codeine.

The Royal Ambassadors of Baptist churches under the Lagos West Baptist conference, a group for boys and young men between the age of 10 and 35 years whose ministry is focused on touching the lives of boys and impacting the eternity of men, recently staged a rally urging youths to kick against drug abuse, political thuggery and other vices.

“The rally was anchored by the Anti-Social Vices Club (ASVC), an organ of the Royal Ambassadors ministry, saddled with the responsibility of speaking against societal ills that has become endemic among young people in the country.

This year’s rally was kicked off by the conference president, Rev. Julius Adeniji, who threw more light on this year’s theme, tagged: ‘Say no to drug abuse and political thuggery.’ He also challenged the youths present to be role models in their various communities.

“We need to spread the message that true freedom only comes from God and as such, people should desist from these social vices.

“This year’s theme is apt and well suited for the nation because it comes at a time when the nation is preparing for her next general elections,” he said.

Also present at the event was the conference chairman, Rev. Tunji Bamgbose, Conference MMU Chairman, John Kolawole and National Coordinator ASVC, John Taiwo. Mrs. Enakome Fagbodun, from Lagos University Teaching Hospital, also sensitized people on the adverse effects of drug abuse and the dangers associated with political thuggery at various bus stops and parks.

The procession began from the venue of the kingdom Congress and went round the Federal Housing Estate Abesan to Abesan retail market, Estate Gate, and Amosun Village.

With substance abuse reaching an alarming rate, what approach should the government adopt in tackling the vice?

Let us have your view in the comment section.


SHOCKING!!! 28-year-old Lagos Trader Commits Suicide Out Of Hatred For Mother

A 28-year-old mother of two, Funmilola Adeodu, reportedly committed suicide in Ilogbo-Eremi, in the Morogbo area of Lagos State, to spite her mother, Ifatunmibi Adegbenle, for allegedly maltreating her niece, Rachael Balogun.

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According to Punch, Rachael lived with her grandmother Ifatunmibi in their neighborhood. The fight between Funmilola and the mother had always been about the way her niece was being treated. Funmilola was of the opinion that her mother was subjecting the niece to harsh treatment but the mother believed she was only disciplining her granddaughter who is said to be a very stubborn girl. Rachael who lieved with her grandmother would always run to Funmilola’s home to stay anytime her grandmother maltreated her.

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Speaking on the incident, husband of the deceased, Samuel Adeodu said “My wife and I had no fight. In fact, we woke up on the same bed on Friday, October 26, when this incident happened. The issue was among my wife, her mother and the niece. The niece, Rachael, is very stubborn. Whenever her grandmother corrected her, she would run to my place to meet my wife because we all live within the same neighbourhood. This usually caused disagreement between my wife and her mother. The mother usually cursed her for indulging Rachael. I heard her saying that nobody could take Rachael away from her because she had been nurturing her since she was a baby and my wife used to say that she was going to kill herself over it.

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“I was working when I received a call that my wife drank Sniper. They even said before she drank the insecticide, she had taken a local rat poison in the presence of her parents, but people gave her palm oil. It was after that attempt that she went out to buy Sniper and drank it before they could stop her.  My thinking is that when she was rescued after taking the rat poison, it should be clear to them that she meant it when she said she would commit suicide. So, they should not have released her to go back to her shop alone; what were they thinking? It means that they killed her, because she died in their presence.”

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Ifatunmibi told PUNCH Metro that she had on several occasions cautioned her daughter against encouraging Rachael’s misconduct.

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Funmilola’s father, Hassan, said the deceased also attempted to poison her own son, Joseph, but was stopped, adding that she was counselled for hours after her first suicidal attempt failed.

“I was the one that stopped her from poisoning Joseph. In fact, Funmilola had already opened his mouth to give him  rat poison before I took him to my wife’s shop. It was at that point she ate the remaining poison before people intervened and rescued her. Funmilola’s friend even counseled her for three hours and when she was fine, she told me that she was going home. I gave her the go ahead and warned her not to fight with anybody. I also told her to pay me a visit the following day and she left. All of a sudden, she came back with Sniper and started saying she was going to kill herself. We had some distance between us, so before I could collect the local insecticide from her, she had taken it. She even bit me while trying to stop her,” the 50-year-old said.

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Confirming the incident, the spokesperson of the Lagos State police command, CSP Chike Oti, said that the police is still investigating the matter.

“We are investigating a case of suicide. Unfortunately, the person that is at the centre of the story is gone; she did not leave a suicide note. But from what we gathered from the family, she had a tussle with her mother over the custody of a child that was raised by the mother. She wanted the girl to live with her and the mother refused and that was a source of frustration for her. From what we gathered, that was the only issue she had against her mother. But nobody ever imagined that she would be so pained to the point of taking her own life” he said.


Babajide Sanwo-Olu: The Biggest Change Lagos Has Ever Seen

Over the weekend, a journalist based in Lagos State, Olufunke Phillips met with the gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State in 2019 and talked about him.
Before Babajide Sanwo-Olu, for 19 years, the status quo had remained the same in Lagos. Win a first term, do some pretty transformative work and win an easy second term, but for the first time we heard a new name and beheld posters of a new candidate cropping up around Lagos. Is this a case of the Party of Change changing someone that wasn’t delivering on his promises?
Is this the new anointed one? Who is he? Why should we look at him? Will he be forced on us? I had my opinions. I mean, if you were in Lagos and you had not been living under a rock over the last one month, you’d probably have your own opinions too. The entire drama had played out in front of us all. The crux of it was when his opponent in the party primary election, the incumbent governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode had called a press conference to cast aspersions on his mental state and accuse him of past criminal misdeeds.
That had piqued my interest. This was worth looking into. If the man that wanted to be my next governor had a case of spending fake currency then I needed to know about it. I didn’t take those alleged accusations lightly. I think a lot of people did not take them lightly. They came from the lips of the governor but at the same time I have never believed an incumbent deserved a second term just because he is an incumbent. If you are doing a good job and the people you are serving can feel the impact, then yes, maybe a second term is in the offing but if the general populace is not happy, then you surely can not expect a second term. This is not a “Buy One Get One Free” scheme we are doing here. You have to work really hard to deserve that second term.
So with all these in mind, the press conference was watched with a pinch of salt but was my curiosity piqued? It definitely was. I wanted to meet the man and ask him these questions face to face. “Ngbo sir, they say you were spending fake dollars in America? How come?” “And while we’re on that, what mental illness is it that they say you suffer from?”. These were the firsts of many questions that I wanted to ask Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
I did a couple of posts to my thousands of followers on social media. I followed the primaries for the two leading parties in the state and when both candidates were announced, I put out a post about my interest in moderating a governorship debate between both candidates.
Mr. Jimi Agbaje, the candidate of the PDP to me is like a leap year, he disappears and pops up every 4 years. Babajide Sanwo-Olu to me, though a three-time Commissioner and Special Adviser in Lagos for more than 10 years, still didn’t evoke much statewide recognition, so I set out to find out more about him.
First I googled his public profile. 53 years old Babajide Sanwo-Olu, spent 16 years in the public sector and 11 in the private sector. Educated at University of Lagos, Lagos Business School, Kennedy School of Government, London Business School, his educational qualifications, public and private sector achievements made him an interesting candidate. He was a three-time commissioner in the state ( Commissioner of Budget and Economic Planning, Commissioner for Commerce and Industry,Commissioner for Establishments, Training and Pensions), had done a lot of work on improving the state’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), had led the publication of the Lagos State Economic Empowerment and Development Strategy (LASEEDS) and set up of the Lagos State Security Trust Fund.
An opportunity for a meeting finally came up. I was prepared for him to come late because you know how these politicians do. Keep people waiting because they have to attend to every issue under the sun.
Waiting for a politician can be quite a tedious affair, my experience in the past had left a sour taste in my mouth so I was pleasantly surprised when he was on time. This might seem like a small deal but African timing has never been alluring to me and the penchant Nigerians have for keeping people waiting is a pet peeve. I was glad that we were setting off on the right path.
He came into the room wearing a simple blue native attire. If you hadn’t seen his picture before and hadn’t met him prior, you might be forgiven for thinking he was one of the many people slated to attend the meeting. There were no airs around him. He came in, introduced himself and took a seat. I kept looking at him. I didn’t know what I was expecting to see but it wasn’t this man that looked simple and unassuming. He looked liked he could be your uncle. He wasn’t brash. He waited for a person to finish speaking before he responded. He didn’t interrupt. He wasn’t condescending with his answers to the questions being asked. All through these, I kept looking at his eyes and I could have sworn I saw the gears in his brain turning while he was answering questions. He looked like one of those people we used to call ‘efiko’ in my high school. Ah! This one is smart oh! I thought, but we can’t deny that the questions might have been scripted and he had prepared. Well, you can’t fake smarts for too long and I was confident that if the session was scripted and put on, I would see a crack before it was over.
During a period when everyone seemed relatively relaxed, someone had cracked a joke earlier and while the laughter was still wafting around the room, I asked him why the incumbent governor, his opponent during the election and a member of the same political party he belonged to, had made those accusations against him.
For the first time, I saw something other than warmth, intelligence, wit and smarts behind his eyes. I saw hurt. I wasn’t sure. Was the hurt because of the question, or because of the person that had leveled the accusations against him? I didn’t know but I wanted to find out.
Truthfully speaking, after Fashola, I didn’t know how much I had missed having a well-spoken orator as a governor. I know people will say “Ehen? He can speak English well and so? How does that translate to governance?” I don’t know but I daresay a governor that can express himself confidently and explain issues in a concise and deliberate manner is a delight to listen to any day and yes, Lagos has missed that. Ok, fine, I have missed that if we’re being pedantic.
Babajide Sanwo-Olu explained these allegations clearly. He doesn’t have a criminal record. Home or abroad. He doesn’t have issues with any authority in the United States. He put it on record that he had traveled out to this same America where he supposedly has criminal charges against his person four times this year alone.
On his records as a patient at Gbagada General Hospital, he has never been admitted as a patient at Gbagada General Hospital. He has never sought treatment for any ailment at Gbagada General Hospital, nor anywhere in the world. The one and only time he had been to Gbagada General Hospital was on a charity outreach visit where he had gone to donate equipment to the hospital.
Just like that? Allegations explained away just like that. It was anti-climatic, I won’t lie to you. With the way the incumbent governor had called a press conference, a World press conference for that matter, mind you, just to level these accusations then to have them explained away without any pomp, fanfare or attendant drama was weird. I was expecting to hear stories of cover ups, blackmail etcetera etcetera or maybe just a little mudslinging back at his accuser but no, none of that.
Babajide Sanwo-Olu did a very good job of explaining these accusations that came his way before he even got the party ticket to contest as the candidate in the general elections. His answers were clean, clear and precise. It also spoke to his simplicity. Simple answers to clear up the spurious allegations leveled against him. I liked it.
I really liked that he didn’t see the need to disrespect his accuser or the office, after all, it is an office he is vying for. I liked that he didn’t go down and dirty. I liked it. It inspires confidence in him and says he knows what he is doing.
For an introduction to the person who would be the next governor of the Centre of Excellence, this was a pretty good one.