Commuters Face Hardship Over Buhari’s Visit


[caption id="attachment_361879" align="alignright" width="300"] commuters stranded at Ikeja Along[/caption]

Were the governorship election called on Thursday, it is unlikely many Lagos residents will happily cast their votes for incumbent Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.

The governor has been blamed for unleashing hardship by restricting traffic on some roads owing to President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to Lagos on Thursday.

The president is expected to commission a bus terminal in Ikeja, the state capital and attend the birthday ceremony of a national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, the next day.

Some sections of usually busy Agege Motor Road was shut to traffic, leaving commuters seeking bus travel stranded and unable to get to their destinations. Many among the affected commuters decided to dialogue with the feet, trekking long distances to their destinations.

Some of the distraught commuters shared their thoughts with

Adebayo Wasiu was seen walking around Ikeja. He told our reporter he was headed to Meran, a distance of about 8.77 kilometers, or 5.45 miles away.

“I have been trekking for over two hour and don’t know when I will get to my destination …this is suffering. If the president must come, it can be on a Sunday, a day everyone will be at home,” he sadly said.

Another commuter, Pastor Peter said: “You can see how I am sweating; I have been trekking from Abule-Egba; I will not vote this Ambode for second term,” he stated.

Sika Silva said, “Citizens shouldn’t be made to go through hardship or difficulty at the expense of some ‘very important’ person(s).”

Ariyo Abiodun faulted the traffic restriction and its negative impact on the informal sector considered the life wire of Lagos economy.

“We artisans are more than government workers, the holiday should not affect our businesses. This is not good for our economy,” Abiodun said.

[caption id="attachment_361880" align="alignright" width="300"] barricades at Ikeja Along[/caption]

Also, Ademola Adebile, who was commuting between Isheri-Idimu to Ikeja gave a similar account. “There were only few business and even the available few ones charged exorbitant fares.”


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