Throw back to a day in 2012 in busy Marina, when then Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola had an Army officer, and a Staff Sergent arrested for driving on the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) lane
Immediately Fashola sighted the two culprits contravening the traffic law, he accosted them. The senior officer of the Nigerian Army upon sighting the advancing Senior Advocate of Nigeria, quickly came down from his car, saluted severally and began muttering: “I am sorry; very, very sorry…”
But Fashola did not hear “abeg”. He ordered for their arrest, describing as “very unfortunate” the fact that those who ought to stand in defence of the democratic values of the nation are the ones violating the law.
He added: “The bus is for those who cannot afford to buy cars. They have the right also to use the road and we cannot encroach on that lane which we have reserved for them. This is democratisation of the
road and I will defend it. There is a zero tolerance for lawlessness. There is zero tolerance for breach of our regulations and we are going to do more of this. We are going to take control of our traffic. We
cannot build our way out of traffic congestion; our responsibility is to manage traffic and manage congestion. This signifies my commitment and the commitment of the Lagos State Government that all those who will not comply with our laws should leave our state. We will not back down. I don’t use the BRT lane; I sit down in traffic and I expect
everyone who wants to drive his car to do the same. The alternative is to use the bus.”
Fashola has remained very fearless, solid and committed to the progressivese ideals of the centre left movement. Posterity will immortalise him...