Nigeria Features: When Lagos was a clean city

Lagos: As much as we may not dispute some “correctness” in some of the improved ways to which man could live better in the world brought about by scientific discoveries championed by the “white man”, what however rankles the mind is the so called “superior” index of living forced down the throat of the black man by the modern day city economic adventurists.

It is however sad that while these spin doctors are work, our people and government for fear of whatever reason, allows the heavy handed lies to stick and shamefully will not speak up. Recently, the Americans in their usual monopolistic hold as the world’s policeman, slammed 28 Nigerians cities as unsafe and before we could put a finger to how safe American cities of New York, Texas, Baton rouge, Virginia, Florida and others where day light killings by the police and citizens alike, including uncontrollable flooding and fire disasters abound, some cranks from the Economist Intelligence Unit(EIU) dubbed Lagos, our magical Lagos as the third worst city to live in stability global ranking for 2016.

But there was a time when Lagos was a clean city.

But for a person who grew up from Isale-Eko on Lagos Island, Dr Charles Akintoye in a recent interview claimed that it was interesting growing up in Lagos. It was a very peaceful city with a population of less than one million. Lagos of old was very clean. The gutters were very clean as we could float paper boat. In fact, there were stationary van that used to carry meat in those days unlike these days where meat is being moved around in the open. Again, the families were united. There was no discrimination between Christians and Moslems.

During the  interview, he spoke about his father, the late Prince Babs Babatunde Akintoye worked with the Electricity Corporation of Nigeria (ECN) and later became the first black engineer of that era in Lagos. His mother was a teacher and later became a seamstress.

Education was becoming prominent in Lagos in those days and all the indigenes that have had the taste of education were living a sophisticated lifestyle. Having seen this it propelled and influenced him because Lagos has always been an ambitious city that pushes you.

Later, a friend of his, the late Funsho Williams invited him into politics. They were classmates in the University of Lagos and later became good friends. Williams came to his house one day during the reign of the late Gen. Abacha and said ‘Remi, I learnt they would not allow me to contest for governorship of Lagos state but you can contest.’ That very day Williams took him to the house of Bode Olajumoke and that was how Olutoye’s romance with politics started.

Speaking about life. he said life has taught him contentment. his father died at 93 and was still handsome. In his  case, he said, so many factor contributes to his ageing well. No matter how worst the situation may be, he tries to manage it well. He also try to eat well.  Right from his youth he has been contented with life and what comes his way. He believes whatever God wants to give you will reach you and if you run after what He doesn’t want to give you, you get hurt along the way. It doesn’t mean that we should sit down and not do anything.


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