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Lagos Assembly To Sanwo-Olu: Rename Sites, Monuments, Named After Colonial Masters



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Tobi Adebayo 

The Lagos State House of Assembly has the State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu to direct the relevant officials to look at the listed sites (Prevention) Law, 2015 with a view to renaming sites, monuments named after colonial masters.

Deputy Majority Leader, Hon. Noheem Adams representing Eti-Osa constituency 01, moved the motion at the plenary session on Tuesday.

Hon. Adams said “The Assembly further noted that this brutal and callous murder of Floyd triggered worldwide condemnations, demonstrations, and protests against the continued police violence and racism of blacks in US and Europe without provocation”.

“The House is aware that these protests further drew attention to the reality of systematic racism, oppression and domination of blacks by whites in spite of abolition of vexatious slave trade and related activities since the 18th century”.

“This House is further aware that the demonstration brought about the pulling down of status of Edward Colston, a notable slave trader into a river in Bristol, London, while the British authorities removed from her museum status of another prominent slave master and promised a review of history pertaining to slave trade monument and sites,” he said.

The Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa stated that statues are not “our history, and that Africans all over the world should give backing to the blacks that are fighting for the rights of blacks.”

“South Africa got her independence much later than the rest African countries and they are not talking about ‘Black Lives Matters’ campaign.

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“We must protect the interest of our people all over the world. So many statues in London and other places are being brought down. We should change the names of some of these buildings. We cannot bring down the buildings because they were once used by colonial masters.

“We can change the names of some of these buildings and streets. Some of the names remind us of these people that enslaved our people.”

“We need to change the names, but it does not affect our history. We should look at the history,” he said.

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