There have been mixed reactions surrounding Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola‘s controversial statements about the Lekki robbery on Thursday that left four people dead.
You will recall that Fashola stated that the incident occurred because of President Goodluck Jonathan‘s visit to Lagos because according to him, all security vehicles and personnel were deployed to protect the president.
The president’s spokesman, Reuben Abati, has condemned Fashola’s statement:
“We consider the statement attributed to Governor Fashola as grossly and utterly irresponsible.
We expect that a man of his status, who is the Governor of a state, should speak more responsibly. It doesn’t make any sense whatsoever that the entire police formation in a state would be deployed to protect the president of Nigeria.
The visit of the President or any part of the country does not necessitate the depletion of the police force active in that particular state or its environment. The President has a defined team that protects him anywhere he goes.
President Jonathan does not need the entire Police force to protect him in a state where he is loved by the people and where, as we have seen, he enjoys overwhelming support to the lead up of the 2015 presidential election,” he said.