The recent fire incident that engulfed the Akere Spare Parts Market in Ajegunle, Lagos, has left many Nigerians in a state of sadness and despair. The incident, which occurred on Wednesday morning, destroyed several shops and properties, causing many traders and their families to lose their source of livelihood.
In response to the incident, the Labour Party (LP) governorship candidate, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour, expressed his heartfelt condolences to the victims of the fire. Taking to his Twitter handle, Rhodes-Vivour stated that the incident broke his heart and emphasized that such occurrences must come to an end in Lagos.
Rhodes-Vivour, who visited the scene, described the fire as unfortunate and condemned the alleged arson and political thuggery that may have led to the incident. He called on politicians to focus on ideas and refrain from using violence as a means of advancing their political ambitions.
In his tweet, Rhodes-Vivour encouraged the people of Ajegunle not to be intimidated by the incident and assured them that they would rebuild the market together. He also urged Lagosian to live together in peace and harmony, regardless of their political affiliations.
Lagos State has long been known for its harmony and cooperation, and Rhodes-Vivour emphasized that despicable violence and ethnic tensions had no place in the beautiful state. He stressed that no political ambition was worth the lives or livelihood of the people and called for peaceful coexistence among all Lagosian.
In a show of support for the victims of the fire, Rhodes-Vivour donated the sum of fifteen million Naira towards the rebuilding of the market to international standards. He commiserated with the traders and assured them that together, they would restore the market to its former glory.
The Akere Spare Parts Market has been a hub of economic activity for many years, providing jobs and opportunities for many Lagosian. The recent fire incident has dealt a severe blow to the traders and their families, and the timely intervention of individuals like Rhodes-Vivour is a testament to the resilience and compassion of Nigerians.
As Lagos State prepares for the upcoming gubernatorial elections, it is essential that politicians and their supporters refrain from using violence as a means of achieving their goals. The peaceful coexistence of all Lagosian is paramount, and it is only through unity and cooperation that the state can continue to thrive and prosper.