The Lagos State House of Assembly has urged Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to direct the state’s Commissioner for Tourism

The Lagos State House of Assembly has urged Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to direct the state’s Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture to liaise with the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice to look at sites and monuments to remove all vestiges of the slave trade and colonialism superiority.⁣
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The Deputy Majority Leader, Noheem Adams, moved the motion yesterday at the plenary.⁣
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The Speaker, Mudashiru Obasa, stated that the intendment of the motion was not about history and that history could not be changed, adding that statues are not our history and that Africans should give backing to the blacks that are fighting for the rights of blacks.⁣
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He said that the kind of treatment meted to George Floyd must be stopped and that we should support those who protest against such an act.⁣
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“We must protect the interest of our people all over the world. We should change the names of some of these buildings.⁣
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“We can change the names of some of these buildings and streets, as some of the names remind us of these people that enslaved our people,” he said.⁣
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The Speaker, who asked why the discovery of River Niger was being ascribed to foreigners, and that the name Nigeria was said to have been given by the colonial masters, further said: “It is what you believe that says who and what you are. It is about what you believe and what you can do on your own.⁣
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The Lagos State House of Assembly has urged Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to direct the state’s Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture to liaise with the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice to look at sites and monuments to remove all vestiges of the slave trade and colonialism superiority.⁣

The Deputy Majority Leader, Noheem Adams, moved the motion yesterday at the plenary.⁣

The Speaker, Mudashiru Obasa, stated that the intendment of the motion was not about history and that history could not be changed, adding that statues are not our history and that Africans should give backing to the blacks that are fighting for the rights of blacks.⁣

He said that the kind of treatment meted to George Floyd must be stopped and that we should support those who protest against such an act.⁣

“We must protect the interest of our people all over the world. We should change the names of some of these buildings.⁣

“We can change the names of some of these buildings and streets, as some of the names remind us of these people that enslaved our people,” he said.⁣

The Speaker, who asked why the discovery of River Niger was being ascribed to foreigners, and that the name Nigeria was said to have been given by the colonial masters, further said: “It is what you believe that says who and what you are. It is about what you believe and what you can do on your own.⁣

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