The Lagos State Government on Thursday said it would rebuild the statutes of music legend and social crusader, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti as well as that of the late politician, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, which were demolished in Ikeja, the state’s capital.
Residents of the state had cried against the demolition of the two statues.
However, in a statement signed by the state Commissioner for Transportation, Dr Frederic Oladeinde, the state government stressed that it held the two heroes in high regard and would “not do anything to bring down the exalted heights they have attained during their lifetime directly or indirectly.”
Oladeinde explained that the effigies were removed from the popular Allen Roundabout for the purpose of development.
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He said, “The Babajide Sanwo-Olu administration, in a bid to finding a lasting solution to traffic gridlocks in the state, identified about sixty congestion points and have started work to improve traffic experience in five major locations.
Oladeinde added that the government consulted the Fela Anikulapo-Kuti family before the action was taken, noting that the whole process was for the benefit of Lagosians.
The Commissioner said the Fela statue will be relocated to the roundabout between Allen Avenue and Opebi-Toyin Street, adding that the state’s Tourism Ministry was working on a befitting location to situate the old Obafemi Awolowo statue.
“We are in the process of erecting the beautiful work of art depicting Fela Anikulapo-Kuti at the Opebi-Toyin street junction. The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture is also working on a befitting location to erect the old Obafemi Awolowo statue,” he said.