The Governor of Lagos, Babatunde Raji Fashola has named a hall in the state after the recently slain victims of the Yobe college massacre.
The hall was built in honour of the governor by the state branch of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and was to be named after him but he declined.
59 male students of the Federal Government College, Buni Yadi in the Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe were murdered in the early hours of Tuesday by Boko Haram militants.
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Originally named after the governor , the hall, located in Fadeyi, will now be named “Peace Hall” in honour of the slain pupils.
“I appreciate NUPENG’s gesture but I will rename this edifice ‘Peace Hall’, in memory of the lives of the children that were brutally slain in Yobe by insurgents”, Fashola said, adding that the children would soon be forgotten but renaming the hall after them will remind everyone of the need to insist on peace across all parts of the country.
He prayed for the repose of the slain children but urged citizens of the country to stand up and be counted in the quest against violence, irrespective of language, religion or ethnicity.
“No matter how diverse we are, we are still one people. This is a time when colours and flag do not matter and political ideologies mean nothing”, he said. “This is the time we must show and respect the values of the lives of fellow Nigerians”.
Fashola also used the opportunity to canvass his well-documented aversion to industrial actions by labour unions, urging NUPENG to employ industrial actions in championing their agitations only when all other alternatives have failed.
“Most times, some workers do not even know the reason why they are called out on strike; the executives are the only ones who decide to embark on strikes”, he said.