Deputy Whip of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rotimi Abiru has called on the Federal Government and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to call to order, the Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musliu Obanikoro.
The Lagos lawmaker made the call on Thursday in reaction to the alleged illegal use of the military by Obanikoro to stop the mass housing project of Governor Raji Fashola at Ilubirin on the weird claim that the land belongs to the Federal Government.
Abiru, who described the action as greedy, wicked and annoying, advised the Presidency and the PDP to as a matter of urgency rein-in the minister from continuing with such act.
According to Abiru, “was Obanikoro made a minister to further the well-known PDP battle to stifle Lagos and a fifth of Nigeria’s entire population just because Lagos refuse to join the PDP bandwagon?
“The claim by Obinokoro that the federal government owns the same land reclaimed recently by the Lagos State government is not only ridiculous but entirely outlandish.
“Obanikoro’s effort is just another greedy, illegal land grab that will fail as there exist no basis or grounds for such reckless impunity.
“One is beginning to believe that Obanikoro’s appointment as minister was to create enough crisis in Lagos, engage in a battle of forts with the legally constituted authority and create the same enabling environment to distract, obstruct the globally acclaimed feat made by the Lagos State government in all spheres of governance while Obanikoro’s PDP leads Nigeria to a certain guillotine by each passing day.
“What Obanikoro is doing today has no legal basis or backing but he believes that a sophisticated state like Lagos could be overwhelmed by the use of brute force and misuse of the military. Lagos will certainly show him that such tactics have no place in a democracy.
“It is so annoying that Obanikoro targets the provision of mass housing for Lagosians in the absence of such provision by the government he serves in Abuja. To now act as a dog in a manger and seek to frustrate the well lauded efforts of Lagos to provide cheap housing to Lagosians tantamount to sheer wickedness, of the type that had marked the relationship between the PDP government and Nigerians these past fifteen years”, the lawmaker added.