Our governors have been branded several good or bad tags in recent times. We have heard "titles" or names like Demolition Governor, Certificate Governor, Projects Governor, Supreme Court Governor, Dollars Governor and Fearless Governor among others given critical thinking of the members of the public or the acts of the governors.
Lately, the demolition acts of some of these governors which has attracted the wrath and condemnation of members of the public seem to justify the tag of new DEMOLITION GOVERNORS. From North to South in the last six months we have seen of pulling down of structures on the orders of governors.
For a governor to have allegedly demolish a building just because the husband of the occupant of the building who uses it for her business is a secretary of an opposition party is ridiculous, unthinkable and despicable.
For a governor to allegedly demolish a hospital project and erect a market or shopping mall just because the hospital project was initiated by his predecessor is sheer madness if this allegation is true.
Persons in power or public officers should stop seeing muscles flexing as governance. Here we were when a former governor demolished a radio station owned by a popular gospel artiste against several pleas by well meaning Nigerians...including the artiste.
If a demolition exercise is within legal or constitutional powers...suggesting that the structure demolished or earmarked for demolition infringes on public mobility, right of passage or possesses mineral resources as discovered by government, fine....but owner of the said structure must be given a notice within a substantial duration of time....or informed of the date of demolition to enable him or her move or his or her properties. Otherwise the exercise becomes a witch-hunting one.
Arbitrary demolition of structures has caused a lot of damages including heart-attacks that lead to deaths of the owners.
This mindless acts of impunity should stop forthwith before they create uproar.
Mr Desmond Ekwueme is a renowned Nigerian journalist based in Lagos, Nigeria.