‘You’re doing yourself,’ El-Rufai tells ‘youths who burned down Lagos’

Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai has some words for the young people he blames for destroying public property in the fallout of the EndSARS protest in Lagos.

El-Rufai said the young people were only inflicting harm on themselves and not on the politicians they think they were targeting.

El-Rufai made the comments during his visit to Lagos governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Thursday. He called the destruction “pure evil” and “self-destruction”.

“I have spent time to see some of the pictures of the destruction done on public properties in Lagos and I nearly shed tears,” El-Rufai said.

“Anyone who cares about development and progress will cry after seeing what has been done to public facilities and people’s investment that provided jobs to youths.

“While expressing anger on police brutality may be right, but destroying public properties, which will have to be rebuilt using money that is needed to invest in other public infrastructure, under the guise of protest is nothing but self-destruction.

“The Government of Lagos and the Federal Government will have to re-invest scarce resources that could have been used for other things to rebuild the vandalised facilities.

“As a colleague, I can confirm that Governor of Lagos did all that could be done to ensure that this destruction does not take place. It is very sad to see what had happened in Lagos.”

“I want to assure you that we will support you getting Lagos back on track,” El-Rufai told Sanwo-Olu.

“We will do whatever support Lagos needs from us to get back better.”

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