The ban on Okada operations in six local government areas of Lagos State on Wednesday has prompted reactions from some leaders of the Hausa community in the state.
Some of the comments made by the leaders were channeled towards an appeal to the Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu to reverse the ban.
One of the reasons highlighted by the leaders to lift the ban was that the bike riders mostly from northern Nigeria should not be economically strangulated, claiming they contribute significantly to the voting population of Lagos, The Punch reports.
The whole issue about the ban and reversal of the ban started after Sanwo-Olu on Wednesday banned the operations of commercial motorcycle riders in six Local Governments and nine Local Government Development Areas in the state.
The affected councils are Eti-Osa, Ikeja, Surulere, Lagos Island, Lagos Mainland and Apapa.
While leaders of the Hausa community are agitating for a reversal of the ban, the governor also gave reasons for his action.
He said, “We will not sit back and watch criminally-minded people use that mode of transportation (motorcycles) to perpetrate crimes and criminality in Lagos. Lives are being lost on a daily basis, preventable accidents are happening every day and the riders are not respecting any of our traffic laws.
“The situation has led to a complete breakdown of law and order. This ban has come to stay and we will not tolerate any weakness in enforcement.”
Speaking of behalf of the riders, the Seriki of Obalende, Saliu Waziri, told said that the government should rethink its decision. He also emphasized that the government should instead get the data of Okada riders in Lagos to fish out any intruder or criminally-minded fellows.
The Seriki Hausa of Ajah, Ibrahim Ngoma also agreed with the Seriki of Obalende with emphasis on the fact that the ban is affecting his people.
In his words, “Truth be told, Governor Sanwo-Olu has been understanding with Okada people unlike Governor (Babatunde) Fashola. Okada members should obey the law while I appeal to Governor Sanwo-Olu to look into the matter and lift the ban before the election because the ban is affecting my people.”