Nigeria o n’ibaje

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By Vincent Uba

When in 2006, His Excellency Babatunde Fashola, contested the governorship election of Lagos State, with the slogan “Eko o nibaje”, I tried to find the meaning which I was told was “Lagos must not spoil”. The slogan did not sound serious to me then.

It didn’t sound captivating as a campaign slogan. However, in May 2007, he won election and took over from his former boss, Senator Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu. No sooner did he take over than that slogan started to make sense and meaning to me. Fashola showed that he was a man who had come  to work. He showed why Lagos  ‘must not spoil’. He show commitment on the dreadful traffic of Lagos at the time. Fashola initiated  plans that minimized traffic congestion.

Again, refuse dumps dotted Lagos. The city became rated among the dirtiest cities of the world. However, the coming of Fashola brought about the…



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