Imo West Senatorial District representative and former Imo Governor, Senator Rochas Okorocha has said Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, displayed uncommon courage in attending to emergency situations occasioned by the twin crisis of Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the #EndSARS protests.
He said Sanwo-Olu deserves to clinch the Courageous Man of the Year honour if the prize ever existed.
The Senator said Sanwo-Olu demonstrated unique leadership traits when he gave an audience to the EndSARS protesters and identified with their cause by marching with the youths at the risk of his safety. This, Okorocha said, stood the Governor out as a listening leader.
The lawmaker, however, condemned the violence that trailed the protests, saying the mayhem in which several public assets were destroyed had robbed the future generations of valuable inheritance.
He said: “I am here to commend the Governor for the manner he has handled the entire scenario.
“Despite that the violence left untold devastation in Lagos, the Governor has been toeing the path of peace. This is also commendable.
Okorocha cautioned against demonising the youths who led the protests, saying there was no reason to criminalise the protesters in spite the violence that trailed their demonstration.
Sanwo-Olu, who also suffered personal losses in the violence, said all efforts were geared towards rebuilding the State and heal the wound opened by the destruction.
The Governor said the coordinated arson drew Lagos a few steps backward, but said the State would emerge from the situation better than it was.
He reiterated that he was still in support of the agitations of the protesters and would work with them to realise their five-point demands.
Sanwo-Olu thanked the Senator for the visit, promising that Lagos would continue to be melting pot for all ethnic nationalities.