“A philosopher once guided humanity that ‘event happen twice in history, first as a farce, the other as a tragedy’. Nigeria is replete with instances of the Lagos type of political class instigated, fascist thugs armed belligerences. We are apt to recall the escapades of Adebayo Success in Lagos in the Second Republic and that of Akinsola Tokyo or Sunday Igboho in our contemporary period. “Late Saka Saula of NURTW was earlier used by this same ruling party in the state. The big question is when would these carnages stop? More importantly, if the magnitude of violence unleashed at the APC rally can be deployed against each other in the same party, what would happen to opposition parties as the election draws nearer? This is a manifest and potent danger to our yet to be fully entrenched democracy. “It is the historic and patriotic duty of all well-meaning Nigerians and Lagosians to rise up and condemn these violent, armed clashes which is symptomatic of subtle rape of democracy, if we desire peace and development in our land.
“No doubt with the rates of implosion in the ruling party across board, we are clear that the sceptre of social revolution looms over the country and Lagos is usually the base hot template. “Majority of our people are not only alienated or disenchanted with the ruling class rudderless waste of human and material potentials of the nation particularly Lagos, there is abject poverty, neglect, wants and diseases in the midst of opulence for a few. LLM therefore called on all Lagosians never to lose hope, but to get better organised. “Global history validates that when hapless people clash with armed vagabonds in power, the later laugh first while the former laugh last. We warn that in the struggle to liberate Lagos, there is no innocent bystander because cross fire of bullets has no respect for unwary innocent bystanders. We must be vigilant, organised to embrace the looming revolution to free Lagos,” the group said. Patrick Okohue