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Friday, 24 October 2014

Aww...read what UK Telegraph wrote about Governor Fashola

In a piece titled "Meet The Man Who Tamed Nigeria's Most Lawless City", UK Telegraph chronicles how Governor Fashola came into office and transformed Lagos and also how he effectively managed the Ebola epidermic in the state. Read below...
He famously claims to be "just doing his job". But in a land where politicians are known for doing anything but, that alone has been enough to make Babatunde Fashola, boss of the vast Nigerian city of Lagos, a very popular man.
Confounding the image of Nigerian leaders as corrupt and incompetent, the 51-year-old governor has won near-celebrity status for transforming west Africa's biggest city, cleaing up its crime-ridden slums and declaring war on corrupt police and civil servants.
Next month, he will come to London to meet business leaders and Mayor Boris Johnson's officials, wooing investors with talk of how he has spent the last seven years building new transport hubs and gleaming business parks.
Yet arguably his biggest achievement in office took place just last week, and was done without a bulldozer in sight. That was when his country was officially declared free of Ebola, which first spread to Nigeria three months ago when Patrick Sawyer, an infected Liberian diplomat, flew into Lagos airport.
Health officials had long feared that the outbreak, which has already claimed nearly 5,000 lives elsewhere in west Africa, would reach catastrophic proportions were it to spread through Lagos. One of the largest cities in the world, it is home to an estimated 17 million people, many of them living in sprawling shanty towns that would have become vast reservoirs for infection. To make matters worse, when the outbreak first happened, medics were on strike.

Instead, Mr Fashola turned a looming disaster into a public health and PR triumph. Breaking off from a trip overseas, he took personal charge of the operation to track down and quarantine nearly 1,000 people feared to have been infected since Mr Sawyer's arrival.

Last week, what would have been a formidably complex operation in any country came to a successful end, when the World Health Organisation announced that since Nigeria had had no new cases for six weeks, it was now officially rid of the virus.

"This is a spectacular success story," said Rui Gama Vaz, a WHO spokesman, who prompted an applause when he broke the news at a press conference in Nigeria on Tuesday. "It shows that Ebola can be contained.

The WHO announcement was a rare glimmer of hope in the fight against Ebola, and even rarer vote of confidence in a branch of the Nigerian government, which was heavily criticised over its response to the abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls by the Boko Haram insurgent group in April. As a columninst in Nigeria's Leadership newspaper put it last week: "For once, we did not underachieve."
For Mr Fashola's many supporters, it is also yet more proof that the 51-year-old ex-lawyer is a future president in the making, a much-needed technocrat in a country dominated far too long by ageing "Big Men" and ex-generals.

"He is the best governor we have ever had," said Odun Babalola, a Lagos-based pension fund portfolio manager. "He's made a lot of progress in schools, railways, and infrastructure, and unlike a lot of politicians, who are corrupt, he's a good administrator."

True, the successful tackling of the Ebola outbreak was not Mr Fashola's doing alone. For a start, the doctor's strike that was under way when Mr Sawyer collapsed at Lagos airport turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Rather than being taken to one of Lagos's vast public hospitals, where he might have languished for hours and infected numerous fellow patients and staff, he was instead admitted to a private clinic. There he was seen by a sharp-eyed consultant, Stella Adadevoh, who spotted that his symptoms were not malaria as had been first thought.

She then alerted the Nigerian health ministry, and along with other doctors physically restrained Sawyer when he became aggressive and tried to leave the hospital to fly to another Nigerian city. Her quick thinking help stop the virus being spread more widely, but also cost her her life: she caught Ebola herself while treating Mr Sawyer, and has now been recommended for a national award.

But even by the time Mr Sawyer had been isolated, the virus was already on the loose. Knowing that he had passed through one of the busiest airports in west Africa, health officials had to try to track down every single person who had potentially been infected by him, including the other passengers on his flight. The list started at 281 people and grew to nearly 1,000. as eight others whom he turned out to have passed the virus to subsequently died.

That was where Mr Fashola stepped in. He broke off from a pilgrimage to Mecca, flew home and then helped set up an Ebola Emergency Operations Centre, which spearheaded the mammoth task of monitoring all those potentially infected. A team of 2,000 officials were trained for the task, who ended up knocking on 26,000 doors. At one point the governor was being briefed up to ten times a day by disease control experts. He made a point of visiting the country's Ebola treatment centre, a way of communicating to the Nigerian public that they should not panic needlessly.

"Command and control is very important in fighting disease outbreaks, and he provided effective leadership," said Dr Ike Anya, a London-based Nigerian public health expert. "He also said exactly the right things, urging for the need to keep calm. Regardless of whether you support his politics, he has been very effective as a governor and I would be happy to see him stand for leadership."

Born into a prominent Muslim family but married to a Christian, Mr Fashola trained as a lawyer and went into politics after being appointed chief of staff by the previous Lagos governor, Asiwaju Tinubu, a powerful politician often described as Mr Fashola's "Godfather". But while he has long enjoyed the backing of a political "Big Man", is his role as a rare defender of Nigeria's "Little Men" that has won him most support.

Once, while driving through Lagos in his convoy, he famously stopped an army colonel who was driving illegally in one of the governor's newly-built bus lanes, berating him in front of television cameras.

"The bus is for those who cannot afford to buy cars," he said. "I want a zero tolerance of lawlesness, and those who don't want to comply can leave our state."

It was one of the first times Nigerians had ever seen a civil servant confronting a member of the security forces, whose fondness for committing crime rather than fighting it has long contributed to Lagos's legendary reputation for lawlessness.

Armed robberies - sometimes by moonlighting police - used to be so common that few people ventured out after dark. Foreign businessmen would routinely travel with armed escorts, and the few willing to live there would stay mainly in a heavily-guarded diplomatic area called Victoria Island, a rough equivalent to Baghdad's Green Zone. Add to that the suffocating smog, widespread squalor and regular three-hour traffic jams, and it was no suprise that the city had a reputation as one of the worst places in the world to live.

Today, much of the problems remain. But members of the vast Nigerian diaspora say they now notice big changes whenever they go back. "When you return you see an absolute difference - things have improved 100 per cent," said Nels Abbey, a London-based Nigerian journalist and businessman. "Traffic is not what it used to be, bus lanes have been introduced, and it feels a lot safer. Fashola has been like a Tory mayor for Lagos - he is trying to make it attractive to the well-off."

Styling himself as Lagos's answer to Boris Johnson has not endeared him to everyone. As well as laying plans for a vast offshore business park intended as an "African Dubai", he has accelerated programs to clear the ever-expanding shanty towns, ordering their occupants to return to their homes in Nigeria's poorest east and north. That has led to criticism from human rights groups, although others say it is hard to see how Lagos will ever improve otherwise. "Do I endorse it?" said Mr Nels. "I am afraid it is a bit of a necessary evil."

Another big achievement has been increasing tax revenues, vital in a city where the GDP of $43 billion makes it the fifth-biggest economy in sub-Saharan Africa. Mr Fashola has tried to sweeten the pill by putting up signs on all new infrasructure projects, saying "paid for by your taxes". It is a rare acknowledgement of gratitude in a country where a guaranteed stream of state oil wealth has historically allowed rulers to remain aloof from the ruled.

However, despite being relected with 80 per cent of the vote in 2011, the main hailed as Nigeria's brightest political hope in years is far from guaranteed a life in office. Having served two terms in office already, he is not allowed to run as Lagos governor again. And as a member of a minority tribe and the country's opposition All Progressives Congress, he currently lacks the political backing to go head to head against Goodluck Jonathan in next year's elections.

In the meantime, fresh from ridding Lagos of Ebola, he is focusing on an arguably even tougher challenge, launching a new initiative to stop motorists stuck in traffic jams from blasting their horns all day. As he put it: "If we can overcome Ebola, then we can overcome noise pollution."

Culled from UK Telegraph...

230 comments:

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@MeetdrealEvans said...

No governor should be giving credit for fighting Ebola, Jonah saw this coming

BONARIO NNAGS said...

Awww! They couldn't have written it any better.
Fashola has already set the pace,I wish APC will be presenting him as their candidate in the next election


~BONARIO~says so via NOKIA LUMIA

Anonymous said...

Story for the gods





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Anonymous said...

All hail the King!!!

ed DREAMZ said...

a.k.a EDWIN CHINEDU AZUBUKO said...
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God bless yu mr fashola and please run for Nigerian president bcos many will definately vote for yu no doubt.....
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***CURRENTLY IN JUPITER***

Annoyingmouse said...

Can you stop spelling 'epidemic' with an 'R'? I've been watching you...it's annoying lol

Olaleye Adisa said...

Yeah, that's our own BRF. Awaiting VP. Aso villa is ur next home sir.
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Damochedxb said...

2015 Buhari for President , Fashola for Vice President... 2019 Fashola for President. Nigerians vote wisely. Vote PDP out of power.

Anonymous said...

Fashola for president 2015!!!

Temmy said...

Cool, but Mr Fashola is a lawyer even a SAN not an ex-lawyer, he is from a majority yoruba tribe nt a minority tribe and the east of Nigeria can hardly b described as poor. Its ok article for a non Nigerian.

Eugenia said...

Double tuale to u sir. Gov. Fash is three much.

dashing mathias said...

fashola for Nigerian president

Alloy Chikezie said...

I just wish in the deepest part of my tender heart that fashiola could just contest for president.


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Olusegun Adekoya said...

Image laundry..yawn

m3star said...

Best Governor in sub-Sahara Africa, well done Sir keep up the good work, Eko onibaje oh!!!

MyLekki said...

Action governor. We see you.

Anonymous said...

His a Great man, God sent. With a God fearing and religious wife who intercedes for him in prayers. Now tell me how in God's name will he not make a difference. Thats to show u that indeed when one is shielded in God. He or she will stand to make a difference.

celine nkechi said...

Am not a yoruba, but truth must be told Fashola is the best governor so far. If them go gree o, let him be our next president after Goodluck so that he will sanitize Nigeria. Cos we need the clean-up. We Nigerians don dirty well well.

Olusegun Adekoya said...

This is an excerpt of WHO official report whilst declaring Nigeria Ebola free..so why the image laundering..

Polio strategies “repurposed” for Ebola control

For some time now, with dedicated and enthusiastic support from President Goodluck Jonathan, Nigeria has been running one of the world’s most innovative polio eradication campaigns, using the very latest satellite-based cutting-edge GPS technologies to ensure that no child misses out on polio vaccination.
The country, which passed through the high-transmission season with only 1 single case of polio detected by a finely-tuned and sensitive surveillance system, is on track to interrupt wild poliovirus transmission from its borders before the end of this year.
When the first Ebola case was confirmed in July, health officials immediately repurposed polio technologies and infrastructures to conduct Ebola case-finding and contact-tracing.
The use of cutting-edge technologies, developed with guidance from the WHO polio programme, put GPS systems to work as support for real-time contact tracing and daily mapping of links between identified chains of transmission.
This is a good public health story with an unusual twist at the end. As part of preparedness for an imported case, several advanced countries with good health systems are now studying technologies “made in Nigeria”, with WHO support, to improve their own contact tracing capacities.
The story has another very clear message, as noted by Dr Margaret Chan, the WHO Director-General. “If a country like Nigeria, hampered by serious security problems, can do this – that is, make significant progress towards interrupting polio transmission, eradicate guinea-worm disease and contain Ebola, all at the same time – any country in the world experiencing an imported case can hold onward transmission to just a handful of cases.”
World-class epidemiological detective work would eventually link every single one of the country’s 19 confirmed cases back to direct or indirect contact with that 20 July air traveller from Liberia.
In another strategy, traditional, religious and community leaders were engaged early on and played a critical role in sensitizing the public. Like many others, the strategy drew on successful experiences in the polio programme.
The awareness campaigns that worked so well to create public acceptance of polio immunization were likewise repurposed to encourage early reporting of symptoms, backed by the message that early detection and supportive care greatly increase an Ebola patient’s prospects of survival.
All of these efforts were supported by social mobilization experts from UNICEF, CDC and Médecins sans Frontières, while the staff from the WHO Nigeria office, the Regional Office for Africa and headquarters boosted outbreak investigation, risk assessment, contact tracing and clinical care.
In the end, Nigeria confirmed a total of 19 cases, of whom 7 died and 12 survived, giving the country an enviable case fatality rate of 40% – much lower than the 70% and higher seen elsewhere.

Subomi said...

By far the best Governor in the country

christie benjamin said...

AM NOT YORUBA BUT I KNOW MR FASHOLA IS ONE OF A FEW GOOD MEN IN OUR POLITICAL WORLD. *HE DESERVES THE PRAISES MORE THAN ANY MONEY CONCIOUS POLITICIAL THAT FOOL AROUND AS GOOD LEADERS. *****QUEENMAYA****

christie benjamin said...

AM NOT YORUBA BUT I KNOW MR FASHOLA IS ONE OF A FEW GOOD MEN IN OUR POLITICAL WORLD. *HE DESERVES THE PRAISES MORE THAN ANY MONEY CONCIOUS POLITICIAL THAT FOOL AROUND AS GOOD LEADERS. *****QUEENMAYA****

kennedy Ikwuka said...

If I hear say traffic no dey lagos again. Plzz fashionable sponsored this autobiography. Lt him cme 2 anambra & see wht peter obi did without broad casting it.

Anonymous said...

All true, except, about Fashola being a member of a minority tribe. Buhari + Fashola.

Bold Kid said...

A very nice piece. All very true.

Anonymous said...

Fashola a minority, hahaha. Dumb reporting

Anonymous said...

Nice and well-deserved commendation. Fashola ought to be where Jonathan is, while Jonathan should be in the creek fishing. Nigeria, oh Nigeria!

Egwey Memaro said...

One of the best governors Nigeria have ever produced

Anonymous said...

Fashola should move to PDP. APC is dead. Meanwhile taking glory for the hard work of the Federal Govt and other health workers that lost their lives doesn't achieve anything. Its still the God who knows the truth that lifts people up. Man can praise you for what you know you didn't do but God is the lifter. There are governors doing so well and even better than Fashola that are not making noise. Akpabio and Sullivan Chime are doing better than Fashola.

jerry said...

He did a good job in Lagos.

Anonymous said...

I hope ds stupid governor of Abia state is reading this...d award winning worst governor in Nigeria...
A wasted 8 years in office...
I jst hate to talk abt him...

Anonymous said...

I really commend Fashola... He has done very well... God will bless him... Dunamisexpression

Joe Ejim said...

His action regarding the Ebola virus is highally commendable

Anonymous said...

Fashola is a great man and Posterity will be the judge....Awesome Write-up

Anonymous said...

i love fasholà.*twinkle*

ndubuisi joshua atuanya said...

How I regret not bn brought up in Lagos...
I so love ds man...

ijaybabe nneoma said...

Nigerians dont be fooled by this UK pple and their writeups. They do not like us. All they do is snopping around other pple's country and their news trying to find out how we are doing,either betteror worse, truely they dont really want us to do better cos doing better will mean our country improving which will mean diasporians going back home. But God is faithful.

snowflix said...

He is indeed a rare gem #onelovefromSnow#

Anonymous said...

And I don't and can't understand why APC won't field a man like this for President! Makes me believe APC leadership are on Jonathan's payroll.... a candidate like this will sweep Goodluck out of Asorock!

ANYA IKENGA said...

He is good. Much better than what we have been having. But his guts only flows to run down central govt. He has no gut to challenge his undemocratic party by vying For election at the centre knowing full wee that he towers above all they have.

Anonymous said...

He is a great man i love dis man so much he inspires me!if only he could b our president then this country wil b a better place..God bless you sir!...@gloell

Anonymous said...

Long live Fashola! He is a hope for future generations, may God keep him.

Anonymous said...

Fashola is my gov any day. If he contests tomorrow as the president, I sure will vote for him. He's one of the few politicians that I believe in.

Ocharlyie said...

Hey Linda, this is one post that deserves to have a share button at the end, so we can celebrate a great guy while He's still alive....and yeah I shared it already!!

Easy-E said...

Fashola, my numba1 governor

ColdFlame said...

All accolade, encomium and high praise lavished on Governor Fashola is undoubtedly well deserved. Those who lived through very nightmarish times in the not too distant past can readily confirm that he's done an excellent job administering Lagos. His uncommon humility, sharp sense of purpose and result oriented drive has made an otherwise hellish assignment look rather easy.

Anonymous said...

i have no doubt that hes just what we need for nigeria cos he will transform alot not those ole barawoooo them.........

Target said...

Fashola did well but Mr writer u sure gave him praise more than he deserved.With mounting debt and big IGR if he doesnt do dat much he will indeed be a monumental failure to leadership.

Funso Samuel said...

God bless Gov. Babatunde Raji Fashola


Eko o ni baje o.

DaimondDash said...

hmmm! His a leader nt a ruler

Linda`s Dream Man said...

There`s no doubt that he has done really well!..

Arthur Nkemeh said...

Bullshit Sponsored propaganda no bi APC and media? We know their antics

Ademola oguntona said...

Impressive. He has a big pair of shoes and has set a high bar for other mediocre Govt who may surface in future. We can rule out the fact that he's APC although there are some bad eggs. I don't know how i'll behave if I ever meet the man ' Fashola' i'm proud of him. He's the Buhari of our time!

Anonymous said...

Fashola is a GENIUS!!!

We have a genius amongst us and we do not know it. The only working politician in Nigeria. This is the man fit to be President come 2015, he has been tested and trusted.

Richard Emekagbor said...

Well written about the Governor. I support

Joseph Joe said...

I wish and hope that one day Nigerians would elect visionary leader like Fashola as president. and as ii know, Fashola is not from a minority tribe..haba

SalmaLena said...

Serious matter, and I still dey fight bus conductor wey no give me my balance.

Anonymous said...

GOOD AND AM HAPPY FOR HIM.... I JUST HAVE A RESERVATION BECAUSE THE ARTICLE SEEMS SPONSORED BY HIS LOYALIST OR CRONIES IN APC.. THE REASON IS BECAUSE NONE OF THE THINGS HE DID THAT SUPERSEDES ACHIEVEMENT OF MR PRESIDENT YET ALL WE READ IS NEGATIVE COMMENTS... NONE OF THE PRAISES WILL BE MEANINGFUL TO ME IF WE CONTINUE TO BE MYOPIC. WITH THIS ARTICLE FASHOLA WILL BE PROJECTED AS VICE PRESIDENT CANDIDATE IN THE COMING ELECTION.. IN SCHOOL OF THOUGHT IT IS CALLED MIND/PROPAGANDA POLITICS... FASHOLA IS WORST IN TERM OF PROVIDING BASIC AMENITIES IN LAGOS.. REASON IS THAT HE DIVERTED MONIES FOR THE KEY PROJECTS SUCH AS HOUSING, ROADS TO HIS GOONS.. I HAVE NO HATRED FOR HIM BUT WHEN YOU WANT TO COME EQUITY PLEASE COME WITH CLEAN HANDS. JONATHAN SAID THE VICTORY OF EBOLA SHOULD GO TO AVERAGE NIGERIANS WHY CLAIMING THE VICTORY FOR FASHOLA? WESTERN WORLD WITH THEIR STUNTS ARTICLES... LOLZ... GOD BLESS NIGERIA/NS... GOD BLESS GOODLUCK, FASHOLA N D REST... CHEERS

Anonymous said...

Story for the gods..

Anonymous said...

'As a member of a MAJORITY tribe......' Ok. His party, the APC will not give him the opportunity to contest as a presidential candidate. And even if the APC did, there is no Jupiter that will make the PDP relinquish such a post as the presidency, not even if 90% of Nigerians do not vote for the PDP candidate.

Anonymous said...

Fashola is Nigeria's President-In-Waiting. APC needs to make him the VP at LEAST.

Anonymous said...

Fashola is Nigeria's President-In-Waiting. APC needs to make him the VP at LEAST.

Anonymous said...

GOOD AND AM HAPPY FOR HIM.... I JUST HAVE A RESERVATION BECAUSE THE ARTICLE SEEMS SPONSORED BY HIS LOYALIST OR CRONIES IN APC.. THE REASON IS BECAUSE NONE OF THE THINGS HE DID THAT SUPERSEDES ACHIEVEMENT OF MR PRESIDENT YET ALL WE READ IS NEGATIVE COMMENTS... NONE OF THE PRAISES WILL BE MEANINGFUL TO ME IF WE CONTINUE TO BE MYOPIC. WITH THIS ARTICLE FASHOLA WILL BE PROJECTED AS VICE PRESIDENT CANDIDATE IN THE COMING ELECTION.. IN SCHOOL OF THOUGHT IT IS CALLED MIND/PROPAGANDA POLITICS... FASHOLA IS WORST IN TERM OF PROVIDING BASIC AMENITIES IN LAGOS.. REASON IS THAT HE DIVERTED MONIES FOR THE KEY PROJECTS SUCH AS HOUSING, ROADS TO HIS GOONS.. I HAVE NO HATRED FOR HIM BUT WHEN YOU WANT TO COME EQUITY PLEASE COME WITH CLEAN HANDS. JONATHAN SAID THE VICTORY OF EBOLA SHOULD GO TO AVERAGE NIGERIANS WHY CLAIMING THE VICTORY FOR FASHOLA? WESTERN WORLD WITH THEIR STUNTS ARTICLES... LOLZ... GOD BLESS NIGERIA/NS... GOD BLESS GOODLUCK, FASHOLA N D REST... CHEERS

ngobesing Romanus said...

Hello Linda! I am happy to be the first to write a comment here. I wish to very heartily congratulate you on coming top on the list of top 100 Nigerian bloggerss. To be number one in a giant country like Nigeria is a great achievement.
Bravo!

Anonymous said...

Dats a great man tho!!!!

Anonymous said...

Sorry linda d story too lng!i no fit sit down dey read am e be like 10paper!!but he is really a great man!!!

Anonymous said...

The criminal that deported igbos

Shina Shine said...

I can't finish this article till tomorrow morning. Yawning

BORN TO SHINE!!!

ThatBluntGuy said...

Fashola from a minority tribe?
The last time I checked, Yoruba was the biggest tribe in Africa. UK Telegraph should do more research before publishing.

Anonymous said...

I would vote him as the next president of this country. The ma is a performer .

lami said...

Fashola is just an oustanding man, if this were to be a civilised world, this man would be the next president.

Anonymous said...

Sponsored write up in UK Telegraph...APC Govs and the holier than thou posture they portray. Don't be deceived, it's all fake including the so called celebrated Fashola. When it rains in Lagos watch how bad the roads are, then you tell me again if "Fashola is working". Forget these APC chaps and their perceived hype and media frenzy embellished with propaganda.

Jamiu Balogun said...

Fashola wins my heart all the time

Emmanuel Itua said...

.......finally a well deserved recognition for a hardworking man!!

OgeAussie said...

I almost believed everything until they said he is from a minority tribe. He is Yoruba for crying out loud.

Anonymous said...

True!!! I love this man!!!

oriko said...

Fashola for President

OSF

Anonymous said...

Eko koni baje..O baje ti! That's a man of personality

Anonymous said...

Eko koni baje..O baje ti! That's a man of personality

Anonymous said...

Governor Fashola has done well, and I wish to see him serving the entire Nation...someday.

Mojisola Ismail said...

I wish he could be d president. Sad face

Oluwafunminiyi Omojola said...

What an anticlimax to an otherwise brilliantly hopeful article. What happened to expressing this hope in Fashola's political future? I don't think the man 'ends' on an anti noise pollution note. I see a political mammoth of the future, one who will take leadership of this nation by the scruff of its neck when the time comes.

Anonymous said...

well done man!!!!!.
Linda, I like ur blog. I do put up a long note on ur news tanks.
hmmmm, wen will I come Lagos ooooo.................. (abasino says.).

Anonymous said...

I will vote for Fashola over and over again. No regret mehnnn

Anonymous said...

beautiful and a true description of our governor.A great leader if i may add.

Anonymous said...

Still he hasn't paid his doctors.

Osarhiemen Agbonkonkon said...

Yea...I agree with them. Fashola has done well. As for areas where he has gone wrong, noone's perfect so its okay. I think he's a good leader especially in a country like Nigeria where our politicians are quick to embezzle public funds without thinking twice about how the masses will survive.
Fashola,ekuse o.

newman skillz said...

So if u blow horn lasman go carry u

VINE ALEX said...

"A much needed Technocrat in a country dominated far too long by AGEING BIG MEN and Ex GENERALS" Well Written.

Thywill Okpara said...

"And as a member of a minority tribe and the country's opposition All Progressives Congress, he currently lacks the political backing to go head to head against Goodluck Jonathan in next year's elections." This is why Nigeria will continue to remain in an 'Economic-Slum'.
We are looking @ our saviour but cannot elect him because he is yoruba and Buhari is hausa. Is this what they called democracy??? *smh*

PEAK said...

When did Yoruba become a minority tribe?

Anonymous said...

I don't understand how Fashola is from a minority tribd as the writer put it....

Anonymous said...

Fashola has been a blessing. God bless you sir.

Obafemi Kappo said...

Yes We Can... Thats My Governor.... Kappo says so...

Obafemi Kappo said...

Yes We Can... Thats My Governor.... Kappo says so...

Obafemi Kappo said...

Yes We Can... Thats My Governor.... Kappo says so...

Anonymous said...

Nice one

Anonymous said...

This write up is a combination of falsehood and truth with 70% being false. The role of Federal govt in the fight against Ebola led by the out going minister of health cannot be easily diminished. I cannot recall how Fashola fought the corruption in Lagos by taking on the police and civil servants. The number of people under surveillance as a result of the out break of Ebola never rose to 1,000 as grossly misrepresented by the writer of this article. Fashola has done well in Lagos in some areas and also within the context of "in the land of the blind, one eyed man is the king", however, there is no govt presence in places like Meran, Ayobo, Isheri, Okota, Ejigbo, Aguda, Mafoluku, Isolo etc. This is election period, sponsored write ups like this can easily mislead uninfomed mind.

Anonymous said...

Well said, I pray for steady light oh!

Ochuko Tonukari said...

Interesting...That is the real Mr. Fashola, the man who was able to demonstrate that in this age and time, there are still people who could change the status quo. Come on, Mr Jonathan, you should leave that office for Mr Fashola. You do not have the competence needed for that seat and i think by now, you should know it. Don't be too carried away by the sycophancy of the likes of Reno Omokri, Reuben Abati and Doyin Okupe. You should know they can’t say otherwise. Please stop listening to a few men at the expense of the majority. Don’t also pretend to be a great leader when you know you are not. The highest legacy I am seeing you leaving is simply someone who was just an ex-president. People are dying because of your ineptitude. Remember there is God o!!! Don’t just slow down. You should STOP!!!

Anonymous said...

My man. . .!
On standby for "Fashola 4 President" anyday!
God bless him!!!

Anonymous said...

Linda can you please start a petition for fashola as our next President??

Anonymous said...

Anything for Fashola! See how I took my time to digest every word bcos I saw Fashola's name!! The man blows my mind. God bless your heart Fashola!!!!

ary said...

I have said it and I will say it again, Fashola is the only man who can lead Nigeria out of its present murky existence! What more do you need to see that? We need a man with low tolerance for corruption, a man with a hard fist ready to get dirty and tough when needed! We are tired of old men occupying seats of power and doing jack! Fashola is my President, the rest are just pretenders!

Chidiebere Nweke said...

Nice one..I wish goodluck is like this man...

Anonymous said...

Nice job, but he is not from a minority tribe.

Stephen Echepops said...

Nice comments. God bless GEJ too

Anonymous said...

My favourite governor. ...

Anonymous said...

Now that is my governor! God bless u sir!

Anonymous said...

I hope i will be able to vote for Fashola as President in the 2019 elections at least by den Buhari go Don tire and Jonathan tenure go Don finish

unknown said...

Not all.. hes from a majority tribe and ibadan is the largest city in west Africa not lagos!

Mo said...

I swear, he would be the best president, because he acts swiftly.

We deserve a change. I am very sure that my whole street will vote Fashola in as President
He doesnt talk, he works.
Liberal man, he is muslim n his wife is christian..
Fashola for President

ukwumaka theophilus said...

Guy, take a chill pill. No one is saying the road is totally cleared of traffic, but to a large extent traffic is not what it used to be. Least you can do is to appreciate him. He is not contesting for the president sit just yet so if he sponsored this write up, what does he need it for? It is people like you that make good people become bad. I pray God open your eyes to see beyond your circles.

Anonymous said...

Fashola is unique. I wish he could have the opportunity to rule this nation.

ukwumaka theophilus said...

Chai...........lord have mercy. The dumbest comment i have seen in ages. " He regretted not being born in lagos" I'll make sure your father hears this.

Neymar said...

God! Dis is jt too long and boring piece joor

ukwumaka theophilus said...

Guy, take a chill pill. No one is saying the road is totally cleared of traffic, but to a large extent traffic is not what it used to be. Least you can do is to appreciate him. He is not contesting for the president sit just yet so if he sponsored this write up, what does he need it for? It is people like you that make good people become bad. I pray God open your eyes to see beyond your circles.

Anonymous said...

Yoruba biggest tribe in Africa? By what standard pls. Land or population ? In those 2, Yoruba is still 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Jade said...

Let me use this opportunity to famz a lil. Fashola is my birthday mate and I think he is amazing. He has transformed Lagos into a more habitable place. Well done Sir. May you live long!

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Neks said...

Well written UK Tel. Only if he were contesting for presidency, I know Fashola's Vision for Nigeria is beyond Lagos State.

Belle Fairy said...

Lovely writeup bt I have a question.Is d Yoruba tribe a minority tribe in Nigeria??

Belle Fairy said...

Also hes not an exlawyer!hes a SAN.meaning hes stl a lawyer,after public office he can alws go back to his chambers

nene said...

Gbam!!!!

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Anonymous said...

Will dose 'big men' in his party let him

Anonymous said...

Sullivan is anodr governor I recommend. He's an action gov shun al d bad press...we nid young me in dese positions, they r clearly better

Anonymous said...

He is being given credit for effective leadership, which facilitated the containment of Ebola. What does Jona know?

Anonymous said...

You are a fool for this statement. Buhari for houseboy to clean my house.

joy jin nwasoka said...

Huhmmmm, all this grammar for one person.

Anonymous said...

Believe All

Anonymous said...

This article like many others is politically motivated. Fashola should not be credited with Ebola success. It is now clear that APC have started using foreign media for their image propaganda. The writer didn't talk about his fight with LASU students or deportation of the Igbos. He is a tribal, just like Buhari, the deceiver, thus a perfect match as running mate.

Anonymous said...

May God rule Jonathan supporters life the way he's ruling the country.

This dude would have been setting up committees if he was Lagos governor rather than getting work done!

Prof said...

If I don't add my comment to this beautiful and interesting piece about the man, BRF we all loved it will be a sin.

BRF, no doubt has done creditably and fantastically well in office over the past 7 years in office. No wonder other govs refer to him as their "class captain".

What's next for mr. Fashola is to see his party (APC) pair him up with GMB (Gen Muhammadu Buhari) come 2015 elections. Forget about muslim/muslim ticket, Nigerians will surely vote for the duo because its performance we need and not being sentimental about religion.

My dear "lindaikejians" please vote GMB/BRF for president and vice president next year.

Anonymous said...

VERY CORRUPT MOST OF HIS PROJECTS ARE POORLY EXECUTED AT A HIGHLY CONCEALED INFLATED RATE.

Anonymous said...

Abeg, go and sit down! It happened in Lagos and he rose to the occasion as others involved rightly pointed out. Do you even live in Lagos @MeetdrealEvans? Mtchewwwwww

Anonymous said...

I wish they will too.

NWIGWE VICTOR ANAYO said...

God bless u fashola

Anonymous said...

God bless u governor fashola may you prosper abundabtly..from every lagosian out therr

Anonymous said...

Gbe gbogbo enu soun iwo omo ti o niko yii. Image laundry kor Image drycleaner ni. Olodo

Anonymous said...

U rock,sir. Keep up d good work,my governor!

Anonymous said...

We know blah blah blah blah blah. Fashola is still THE MAN for those that don't believe/agree/whateverelse is eating you YOU R STANDING on a LONNG THING.........hehehehehehehe

Anonymous said...

You must be dumb. If u think fashola was broadcasting would he have called himself a minority? Where was your brain when you were reading this? Yeye dey smell

Anonymous said...

Mr MeetDrealEvans .. What are you saying ? ... Fashola was the one stopped the Ebola Bruhaha .... Jonathan was dining with his wife in Aso Rock .....

Anonymous said...

Try not to type in CAPS, it's distracting besides it means you are shouting.

Anonymous said...

Who provided leadership to fight Ebola? Jonah saw it coming that he as the President lacked the qualities to lead that charge and that people will notice.
He thus decided to play a fast one on small minded peeps like you.

Anonymous said...

Did you say efforts of the Federal Government in fighting Ebola? SMH

Anonymous said...

I guess you were there when he was paying UK Telegraph to launder his image. Ode oshi!

FYI, it's called image laundering, Mr. Half-Baked education.

Anonymous said...

U have said it 'll. I don't vote, but God knows if fashola runs, I will vote for hi. Apc need to get their act together and present him as a candidate if they want a chance of winning this election. Maybe a fashola/ameachi ticket.

Meanwhile, am hausa and Muslim...

Anonymous said...

That's the tragedy of the country we came from.

Anonymous said...

Fashola for President 2015

Anonymous said...

Pls Fashola for President 2015

GistNaija said...

good governor. God bless GEJ.

Anonymous said...

Linda pls post this comment,even the western world knows most Nigerians are gullible,fashola maybe a good man but I don't think he is the best,lagos looks good today bcos of private sector investment,lagos is the hub of Nigerian business by now i should expect people to b comparing lag with dubai and other rapidly developing cities,lagos is calm now bcos the government choose to settle the goons and tout which one day they will bounce back,and in terms of infrastructure u can't even compare lagos with akwa ibom,all the beautiful structures u see in lagos are from private owned companies,the few good roads are loan from the banks which they are still collecting tolls for,ajah,lekki,ikoyi,these places there lands are being sold to estate developers to beautify whch the govrment doesn't have a hand in,my question is with the internal generated revenue in lagos,lagos should be compared with london,dubai,LA etc,u can't raise a structure in lagos without paying half of the money to the government and touts,no link road is good in lagos that's why u see traffic everywhere,lagos is surounded by water but its citizen can't boost of good drinking water,fashola has good policies but lagos is bing run by goons,the only achievment he did is planting flowers as ikedi ohakim did in imo state,u can't even compare fashola with sullivan chime of enugu state in terms of delivering dividends of democracy to its citizen,Nigerians should wake up to facts and leave propagandist in there world,the ebola fight was won by All nigerians through the federal government....Arc Ugoes

UCHE AJUBIGE said...

EXCEPTIONAL! WELLDONE, A FAITHFUL AND OBEDIENT SERVANT. Keep it up sir.

Anonymous said...

Is lagos ur bloody fathers land go meet ur silly governors let dem wrk as well. Fool

Anonymous said...

U are a dog.. We say goodluck all the way

ndubuisi joshua atuanya said...

More like what NGIGE did b4 d billboard governor entered...

Charles said...

Why can't you see beyond petty politics and praise a worthy leader? Even the blind deaf and dumb knows Gov Fashola deserve even more accolades than he's being given here.. The only time Nigeria will develop is when people vote for quality leaders not because of party but for what they can offer the country and it's citizens.

ndubuisi joshua atuanya said...

Check d population in ds 2 states and compare it with over 17million ppl in Lagos state...Lagos is jst a mini country...

Anonymous said...

Ok oooo I sidon cross my leg dey watch wetin apc tke dis article mean, as una fit shower praises lik dis n yet u can mk him ur presidential candidate for 2015. mk apc kn say one man can't mk a forest shall. ......

Anonymous said...

Ar u gay? U beta go and settle down with a village woman

ndubuisi joshua atuanya said...

More like what NGIGE did b4 d billboard governor entered...

Anonymous said...

You are very daft for this statement and biased! Let give honor to who honor is due to! The credit goes to Fashola and Stella! Jonah didn't see jack coming and even if he did he would have been clueless

Anonymous said...

Yeah! GEJ saw it coming because wen ebola came into the country he didn't stay back to control it,he flow out of the country to do is useless meeting he has b doing for long and still no chang in the country, hope u can read it wit ur blind eyes that fashola cancelled his mecca trip. Reason wit ur brain stop reason along wit ur useless GEJ

Anonymous said...

It would be a dream come true to see Fashola as President one day... I don't post comments but this man is worth speaking out for! I admire Mr Fashola, he is a true technocrat, reformist and visionary! You are the the answer to Nigeria's problems. I admit that your administration is not perfect but who's is anyway? I sincerely hope that Fashola should be considered for the Vice President for APC and in 2019, contest for Presidency. I am so proud to call you my Governor sir!

Anonymous said...

You are not the only one oh!!!! Fashola for President!!!!!

emy baize said...

Olodo like you...
What has the pdp done in 13 years? No new refinery, unemployed graduate, which new agency hasGEJ opened? How many graduate has he employed? I'm sure you're unemployed...

Anonymous said...

Yeah......no thanks to any individual for d curtailing of ebola pls

Anonymous said...

Why do you people start your comments with that stupid and tribalistic statement. Must you be yoruba to have common sense? That's why Nigeria never moves forward. This inherent division that reflects in everything we do. He's a good governor period, you don't need to be yoruba to see that and you're not breaking any rules by saying it if you're not yoruba.

elena said...

I couldn't hav said it betr...YES!!! buhari for president,fashola 4 Vp

Anonymous said...

But if it was about nollywood and all them super stories Linda posts, you would find it interesting. Broaden your horizon friend! Develop your mind!

Anonymous said...

The of the people action gov

Mischievous said...

"A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way"
-John C. Maxwell

Fashola has helped to restore my faith in leadership in Nigeria. He is a man of vision.

I should also make mention of Adams Oshiomhole, Governor of Edo State. Both men have been outstanding.

With men like these in position of authority, Nigeria will be a great nation.

Anonymous said...

One thing in nigeria is that even we all no that this man has done a great job some anti peace and progress we still complain, 2 me he deserve president seat, soo coming from any party we need change

Anonymous said...

A Humble, non religious spiritual and perfect thinking Fashola. I pray Nigerian politicians learn from this Trail-blazer!

Anonymous said...

Expect no less frm the Intelligent gominor !
Adebayor

Anonymous said...

U want to start comparing the work done in lag with the one in anambra? Haba!!! U no go school? Start with population first if you think it's easy to control more than 8mill people. Stop beefing a successful person

Anonymous said...

EVEN pdp loyalist agree that this man has tried...My Able Governor I salute you....

Anonymous said...

my people please dont be deceived...

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Anonymous said...

are you a writer or a lawyer urself. I like ur comment. Very direct, made ur point, no cursing. We need more people like you on this blog.

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Son of Man said...

EVERYDAY I IMAGINE WHAT A FASHOLA + DONALD DUKE COMBO WOULD BE LIKE FOR THIS COUNTRY.EVERYDAY I IMAGINE WHAT A FASHOLA + DONALD DUKE COMBO WOULD BE LIKE FOR THIS COUNTRY.

Anonymous said...

No mind dat jonah jare...gud job fashola...olubukola daniels aka blackmamba...

Anonymous said...

Fashola played the biggest role in ebola! Take it or leave it. Forget the party apc pdp abc Hiv llnp....imagine the outbreak in any other state? Would it have been contained like this? Let's be real and sincere for once. Leave all this religious , tribe n political party sentiments alone. Fashola a Muslim married to a Christian and they are fine so why can't we vote for the person and not the party. The first CHANGE we need is to reset our minds to think wisely

Anonymous said...

This is jst a propaganda. Celebration of mediocrity. Lagos state with a monthly IGR of over 12billion naira fr 8yrs , has no running water , bad roads everywere, endless trafic congestion , no housing fr d middle class , flood etc . Development in lagos is jst too incommensurate with d trillions it got in d last 8yrs

Anonymous said...

Akpabio is d best governor in nigeria nt fashola nd his cleptomaniac Godfather

Diuto said...

Hater talking rubbish. Sullivan n Chime I laugh in Togolese

Anonymous said...

Just shut up, did u see d advertorial of GEJ in d pages of newspaper, this man is worth to lead this nation, point any governor beta than em, I stand to be corrected
Gab2shoessayso

Anonymous said...

@kennedy plz don't disgrace urslf, wot was it dat peter obi did? Nofin......., bad roads everywhere 2 start wit....., touts nd roobers even in broad day light...., dat state is a mess nd will 4eva remain a mess........, afta BRJ I'll go 4 kwankaso d gov of kano. These men re by far beta dan dat ure useless peter obi. He did nothing....., so he has Nofin to broadcast.

Anonymous said...

Well done Gov. Fashola. No beef for you but we need to point out salient points. Your generated IGR is more than any other state in Nigeria couple with federal allocation so we shouldn't expect less from you. I don't totally agree you have done well for me I will give you 45percent as areas such as Ejigbo, Ayobo, Igando, Iyana paja etc all lack basic amenities such as good road, portable water to mention but few.

You adopted a strategy of focusing on landmark areas where people can see what you are doing while other key areas lack basic amenities.

I like your person and charisma but I believe with what comes to Lagos in terms of revenue, you have not done well.

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Anonymous said...

Then jonah should be given credit for saying ' small small stealing is not corruption ' olodo.

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Irene Onwuchekwa said...

Thank you. You just pin-pointed each one of the corrections I had for the article. Especially calling Yoruba a minority tribe, so who will be considered majority...

Anonymous said...

Peter Obi was better than him. you can check properly. But fashola has also done well

Anonymous said...

Peter Obi is much better than fashola

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