Lagos Assembly calls for renaming of sites, monuments named after colonial masters

Lagos Assembly calls for renaming of sites, monuments named after colonial masters

- Lagos Assembly has urged Governor Sanwo-Olu to rename sites and monuments named after colonial masters

- The plea was made by the members of Lagos state House of Assembly on Tuesday, June 30

- Mudashiru Obasa, the speaker of the state Assembly, said the intention was not meant to re-write the history

- The speaker said some of the names are a reminder of those that enslaved the people

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Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has been urged to direct the state’s commissioner for tourism, arts and culture to liaise with the attorney-general and commissioner for justice to look at sites and monuments with a view to removing all vestiges of the slave trade and colonialism superiority.

Guardian reports that this was disclosed by Lagos State House of Assembly on Tuesday, June 30, when the deputy majority leader, Noheem Adams, moved the motion at the plenary.

Governor Bello insists Kogi state remains COVID-19-free, lifts lockdown gathered that the speaker of the House, Mudashiru Obasa, stated that the intendment of the motion was not about history and that history could not be changed, adding that, "statues are not our history and that Africans should give backing to the blacks that are fighting for the rights of blacks."

Lagos Assembly urges renaming of sites, monuments named after colonial masters

The speaker of Lagos state House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa.
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He said that the kind of treatment meted to George Floyd must be stopped and that people should support those who protest against such an act.

“We must protect the interest of our people all over the world. We should change the names of some of these buildings.

“We can change the names of some of these buildings and streets, as some of the names remind us of these people that enslaved our people,” he said.

The speaker, who asked why the discovery of River Niger was being ascribed to foreigners, and that the name Nigeria was said to have been given by the colonial masters, further said: “It is what you believe that says who and what you are. It is about what you believe and what you can do on your own.

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In his submission, Gbolahan Yishawu, representing Eti-Osa Constituency II, who supported the motion, said that history that makes the black to feel inferior should be changed.

However, Setonji David who represents Badagry 2 said: “I want to support the motion to some extent but we need to check ourselves, especially the black man. We need to look at the way we treat ourselves. Do we really value ourselves? Why do we have to scratch the surface?”

A representative of Alimosho 1, Bisi Yusuff, said: “What we are witnessing today is because of lack of justice. When there is no justice, there can’t be peace. I have not seen anything changing the monuments but what we have in our brains.

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“Neo-colonialism is worse than colonialism, we should wage war against our own minds. History is there, we can’t erase it.”

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Meanwhile, had previously reported that the Lagos House of Assembly, on Wednesday, April 29, stormed some electricity companies in the state with a view to ensuring regular power supply to consumers.

It was reported that the lawmakers advised the power distribution companies to be more humane in the discharge of their duties adding that residents of the state must enjoy regular power supply, especially at this period when they are forced to stay home as a result of COVI-19.

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