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President Buhari’s visit to Lagos devoids of official speech

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By Oludare Mayowa

Many Lagosians are worried and disappointed over the silence of President Mohammadu Buhari during his state visit to Lagos to commission about four projects executed by the state, which include light rail and others.

The president rounded up his two-day state visit without making any official speech at the venue of the events either to commend the state government or speak on the state of the nation.

During his two-day official visit, President Buhari commissioned the first phase of the 13-kilometer Blue Line Lagos Rail Mass Transit (LRMT) Blue Line started by the administration of Babatunde Fashola and completed by Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

He also commissioned the Lekki Deep Sea Port, the John Randle Centre for Yoruba Culture and History, and Imota Rice Mill. Apart from the state-funded project, the president also commissioned Bestaf Lubricant Plant at the Apapa Port.

While some argued that Buhari was unable to speak at the two events due to his participation in the All Progressives Congress (APC) campaign in Bauchi, he followed the same tradition on Tuesday during the commissioning of the John Randle Centre for Yoruba Culture and History and the blue line rail without making a speech.

After inaugurating the first phase of the Blue Line Rail, the President joined Governor Sanwo-Olu and other dignitaries on a train ride from Marina to the National Theatre Station.

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A statement by his spokesman, Femi Adesina said “President Buhari also witnessed the signing of the contract for the construction of the second phase of the Lagos Blue Rail Line by the Managing Director of Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA), Engr. Abimbola Akinajo and President of China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC), Chen Sichang.”

All official press releases by Adesina relating to the visit contain no speech from the president except for the photos from the event posted on his social media handle, making it unusual for the president to visit a state without making official speeches.

Efforts to confirm the reason behind the president’s decision not to make any official speech during his tour of Lagos were unsuccessful as no response from his media aides.

The president’s inability to make any speech for the duration of his visit to the state in any of the events hosted for him is already generating some speculations in the political circle.

Sources in the Alausa Secretariat, the seat of the state government said the officials of the state were not happy with the decision of the president to remain muted during his state visit, which they considered unusual for such a visit.

The purpose of bringing the president to commission some of the legacy projects in the state was to get his endorsement on the performance of the Sanwo-Olu administration, which would have gone a long way to further boost his electoral chance and that of the presidential candidate of the party.

Lagos is the home base of the presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, who also happened to be a former governor of the state.

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