Mr. Peter Obi, the Presidential candidate of the Labour Party in the February 2023 elections, has called for a halt in the ongoing demolitions of properties especially in Lagos, Abuja and Kano, noting that even where owners of such properties have violated any regulations, the dire economic conditions of the day demand that the concerned governments should not inflict more hardship on the affected people.
The former Anambra State Governor pointed out that what should be the primary concern of governments now should be how to come up with measures aimed at alleviating the hardship being experienced by the people.
Mr. Obi, who expressed worry over the mass demolition of properties across the country, said in a statement on his X (formerly twitter account) called on the concerned governments to rather focus on alleviating the economic hardships people are passing through and implementing measures to lift them out of poverty.
According to him: “It’s with complete despondency and unhappiness that I have followed the ongoing demolitions of properties across the country, especially knowing the extra hardship such acts have been heaping on hapless citizens who are already battling with multi-dimensional poverty.
“What a responsive government should be doing under the current harsh economic conditions in the country is to come up with measures aimed at alleviating the people’s hardships and to carry out measures that will take more people out of poverty.
“Even if there are some violations as the governments are claiming, this critical time is not auspicious for such an exercise knowing the hardship in the land and the consequences it will have on the poor who are struggling to make ends meet with their little resources.
“The poor in our midst who are putting their meagre resources are going through very severe financial stress that should not be multiplied further. In some cases, the properties being demolished are the lifetime savings and retirement abodes of the aged and incapacitated.
“My appeal therefore is for the respective governments involved in this act to consider the hardship in the country and try and put a human face to their actions. While we should enforce sensible regulations, all actions of government must show compassion. -PO”