By EMMANUEL UDOM
The Coalition for Good Governance has condemned in totality the recent vandalization of BRT buses and assault meted out to innocent persons in various parts of Lagos in the last couple of days.
A press statement signed by Joseph Babatunde, executive secretary of CGG and made available to Allvoices reporter on Friday stated that the NGO is saddened and condemns in strong terms the recent attack and vandalization of BRT buses and the assault on innocent commuters and other road users by arsonists in the guise of protesting against the implementation of the new traffic law in Lagos state by law enforcement agencies.
According to the statement, it is an established fact that before now, the traffic situation in Lagos was worrisome to all and sundry because of the indiscipline that pervaded this aspect of our life and which was in dire need of reformation, hence the introduction of the new traffic law.
The new Lagos traffic law is a reflection of the aspiration and wishes of majority of Lagosians who have welcomed it with open arms with the consciousness of obeying it as part of their responsibility as law abiding citizens and in view of the fact that it is the long awaited antidote meant to restore sanity to an otherwise chaotic and life threatening traffic situation in the centre of excellence.
The socio economic loss in terms of time, properties and lives wasted as a result of the lawlessness on our roads is colossal and cannot be overemphasized. This negative way of our life was so damning to the extent that even the World Health Organization (WHO) in its report in 2011 raised the alarm that deaths caused by lawlessness on our roads would soon overtake deaths from malaria and tuberculosis.
We also want to reiterate that universally, there is no perfect law as there is also no perfect society, hence we want to admonish those who are aggrieved with certain provisions of the new traffic law to toe the path of constitutionalism by embarking on advocacy and sensitization with a view to provoking amendment from the legislature which is the arm of government saddled with the constitutional duty of law making rather than taking the law into their hands. The good people of Lagos state will no longer tolerate any group of disgruntled persons causing a breach of public peace hence we are monitoring some of these groups with a view of reporting them to the security agencies.
We are hereby calling on the security agencies to ensure full investigation and immediate prosecution of these offenders for assaulting the fundamental rights of other Nigerians so as to send a clear signal to all that this society won’t tolerate a breach of public peace in expressing grievances.