- Another iconic monument pointing at Nigeria's rich history has been deliberately defaced
- This time, the Obafemi Awolowo statue in Ikeja was attacked by thugs who made away with the trademarked rounded glasses on the figure
- Earlier, late Nnamdi Azikiwe's statue in Anambra was attacked by irate youths who were shouting: "You put us in this mess"
As hoodlums continue their looting spree in Lagos and other states, the iconic trademarked rounded glasses on the statue of the late premier of the former western region, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, has been removed.
The pair of glasses was removed from the monument which is located in Ikeja as the wanton destruction of government properties and individual businesses take a turbulent turn.
The Awolowo statue was erected during the administration of former Lagos governor, Akinwumi Ambode, in recognition of the late former lawyer, nationalist and sage's contribution to democracy.
The 20-feet statue situated along Obafemi Awolowo Way close to the Lagos Television (LTV) junction in Ikeja was unveiled in September 2017.
Awolowo served from 1954 to 1960 as the premier of the former western region and minister of finance between 1967 and 1971 after the end of Nigeria's civil war crisis. He died in 1987.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that angry youths in Anambra state descended on the statue of a pioneer president of Nigeria, the late Nnamdi Azikiwe.
Some of the people at the site of the destruction were heard saying, “You put us in this mess by championing one Nigeria” and “You are the cause of our trouble.”
Meanwhile, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu said his government would need N1 trillion to rebuild Lagos state following massive destruction by thugs.
This is huge amount I'll need to rebuild Lagos - Sanwo-Olu reveals as he counts losses after destruction
The governor made this known when the speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Femi Gbajabiamila, paid him a solidarity visit on Sunday, October 25, in his Marina office.
Governor Sanwo-Olu said the state is in dilemma considering the massive destruction, but expressed hope that Lagos will heal and come back stronger.
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