The recent ban of Okada, Keke and others on Lagos roads by the State government has generated divided opinions among many Nigerians. It is considered a dangerous decision that cause more problems than it attempts to solve.
An ex-aide to former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, Reno Omokri has questioned government’s decision saying- why banning Okada, Keke, others, when Boko Haram is recruiting?
Reno asked the Lagos state government if it was not aware of Boko Haram recruitment, noting that Lagos should expect surge in terrorism and insecurity.
Recall that the Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, had in January 27 banned the activities of commercial motorcycles, Keke Napepe, GOKADA, OPAY, others in many parts of the state.
The reason given by the state was to secure lives and properties of Lagosians.
“The figures are scary. From 2016 to 2019, there were over 10,000 accidents recorded at the General Hospitals alone. This number excludes unreported cases and those recorded by other hospitals. The total number of deaths from reported cases is over 600 as of date”, said Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotoso.
Reacting against its implementation, the Reno averred, “We are already the world headquarters for extreme poverty, and you ban commercial motorcyclist? “What do you expect the over one million motorcyclist to do? What about their dependents. You render them unemployed, meanwhile Boko Haram is employing.
The former presidential aide advised that government “to do this type of thing gradually. As you are gradually doing it, you are also gradually creating alternative means of livelihood.
“It is not rocket science to predict what is going to happen. You don’t have to be a prophet. Expect a surge in terrorism and insecurity in Lagos in particular, and Nigeria in general, Reno warned.