Governor Babatunde Fashola
Lagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN), Wednesday reiterated his call that Lagos deserves to be accorded a special status.
Governor Fashola, who spoke in Lagos, where several dignitaries including President Goodluck Jonathan and traditional rulers gathered to honour Dr Tunji Braithwaite at the book launch titled: “The Jurisprudence of the Living Oracle” and his 79th birthday, said Lagos has paid its dues in the Nigerian household.
He added that the state has contributed its fair share in terms of productivity, in terms of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), such that it deserves to be accorded a special status.
The governor said he was using the occasion of the gathering to table the issue before President Jonathan since it represents a meeting of all groups of Nigerians.
He reiterated his firm belief that the Attorney General of the Federation, who was also present at the event, can draft appropriate legislation to make the appropriations that would carry Lagos State along, adding that the state does not believe that it has to use violence to get what it truly deserves.
The governor reiterated that in every law made by nations, men are guided by divine laws, adding that it was also a sweet coincidence that everyone has gathered to discuss about a book that stresses the fact that when laws are made, men are guided by divine laws.
He recalled that over a month ago, he signed into law a piece of legislation on traffic law which seeks improve the quality of the life of the people and also save lives by improving the ways, the people transport themselves.
“Our nation is also challenged by development that necessitates that we make new laws, by developments that necessitates that we give effect to existing laws. Our nation also requires us to talk to ourselves more. There is nothing we do on earth that is not regulated by one law or the other.”
“There is a law that regulates how to die and therefore an unsuccessful suicide becomes an offence. And indeed when people die the issuance of death certificate are regulated by law and if you do not have a death certificate, you may not get a certificate to bury. It regulates who you can marry and that is why men cannot marry their daughters.”