Governor Sanwo-Olu and the dangers of vacancy on Lagos Streets

Governor Jide Sanwo-Olu chose to err on the side of caution. The prognosis was dire. Mounting tension was looking for a vent to let out. Every decision he took had full bags of consequences. Not doing anything itself had its mix bag of consequences. He chose to dare with the declaration of curfew.

Widespread implosion was the result. Broken became the song colouring life everywhere, dragging fear and anger along. Now there is vacancy on the streets! Because there is always danger in vacancy, the current situation in which there is widespread and massive/unprecedented looting of shops (check Bode Thomas Street in Surulere, for example) must not be allowed to remain. Business owners and the like who survived Covid-19 and were praying to pick up the pieces of their economic life, have seen their ramparts stolen. They need a special kind of cultivation.

Like a garden that needs to be cultivated if weeds would not take over and gorge themselves on the nutrients supposedly meant for the bonafide members of that society, fresh cultivation should be the new song.

Instructively, broken and cultivation can easily become great allies. The one need not be embraced without the other. These are the important forces needed for these times so that the streets can be recultivated, amongst other areas of life requiring a restart.

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