17th November, 2017
SHELVE PLAN TO DEMOLISH BANIRE’S MOTHER’S BUILDING
The Lagos State Government (LASG) yesterday threatened to demolish a building owned by 90 year old Alhaja Sarat Banire. The building, a two bedroom bungalow with a boys’ quarter situated at 24A, Remi Fani Kayode Street, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos, had been acquired on lease by Dr. Muiz Banire and his siblings from the Federal Government to serve as residence for their aged mother.
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) appeals to LASG to shelve the planned demolition of the building in order to avoid causing a permanent damage to a strained political relationship.
We are disturbed that a property belonging to the mother of the National Legal Adviser of the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), is being threatened with demolition. What observers see here is that an intraparty squabble in Lagos State is being allowed to escalate to a dangerous level. We call on party leaders at national level to quickly intervene.
An arrangement which recognizes the immense contributions and sacrifices of a foremost leader of the APC in the South West must be put in place. This leader must be given the respect which he deserves while party leaders find compromise between his interests and the party’s rules bearing in mind that it is difficult to maintain a tabula rasa in politics. It is politics and politicians must not fail to resolve the misunderstanding.
Finally, we appeal to LASG to spare the building as a mark of respect for a senior citizen, 90 year old mother of Dr. Muiz Banire. We call on party leaders at the national level to quickly intervene.
Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)