The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s invitation of youths for “walk for peace” particularly to celebrities towards rebuilding Lagos; following the Judicial Panel of Inquiry’s report and subsequent release of white paper by the government, an aftermath of the 2020 protest against the disbanded police unit, Special Anti-Robery Squad (SARS) #EndSARS that was declined. The students of the state-owned tertiary institution, Lagos State University (LASU), have declared their readiness to walk with the governor.
The students noted that while the invitation had been rejected by some celebrities and known influencers, they would be walking with the governor in support of steps he was taking at reconciliation and achieving true healing after the disturbances that trailed last year’s protests against police brutality.
They argued that the leaked report of the Justice Doris Okuwobi-led Judicial Panel of Inquiry set up by the governor had caused enough controversy, and that there was need for the state to move on by setting in motion true reconciliation machinery which would ushered in by the solidarity walk.
Speaking, yesterday, after Sanwo-Olu commissioned the newly built students arcade at LASU, the President, Student Union Government, Oladipupo Badmus, and Speaker, Students Union Representatives, Mustapha Adejuwon, who led hundreds of students to welcome the governor, said irrespective of insinuations from different quarters, the current administration meant well for residents of the state, particularly the youths.
While describing Sanwo-Olu as youth-centric governor, they commended the governor’s giant strides in Lagos State, especially in the education sector and youth engagement despite the reactions that have been trailing the last year demonstration at Lekki Toll gate on October 20, 2020.
The student union president, however, announced that all students of the state-owned tertiary institution have resolved to walk with the governor for peace and prosperity of the state, irrespective of the prevailing atmosphere, assuring the governor would weather the storm and reposition the state on path of healing and development.
After commissioning the LASU students Arcade which is adjudged the largest Student Union Building in any Nigerian tertiary institution, the governor also donated two big buses to the students body as well as other gadgets and equipment for students’