President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to the nation’s commercial capital, Lagos, has continued to generate anger and displeasure among Lagosians.
During the 2-day visit, he will commission the new Bus terminal at Ikeja, he is also expected to perform the official flag-off ceremony for the construction of the Lekki Deep Sea Port project, Ibeju Lekki and also inspect the ongoing Eko Atlantic Project.
In addition, he will attend the Colloquium organised to mark the 66th Birthday of the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu scheduled to hold at the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island.
The visit will no doubt cause untold hardship to Lagosians, economic losses to private businesses, and corporate organizations as the state government has announced the closure of some major roads in the state.
This according to the Lagos State government is to facilitate smooth movement of Mr. President and his entourage while in Lagos.
Areas to be affected by the traffic diversion include Bank Anthony Way in Ikeja, Agege Motor Road, a section of Eko Hotel Road in Victoria Island and Old Marina in Ikoyi axis.
Areas to be affected by the traffic diversion include Bank Anthony Way in Ikeja, Agege Motor Road, a section of Eko Hotel Road in Victoria Island and Old Marina in Ikoyi axis. #PresidentialVisit
— The Lagos State Govt (@followlasg) March 27, 2018
The State Government has also declared a work-free day for workers in the state this, however, excludes workers in the private sector.
Reactions from Lagosians on social media.
Lagos is already on lockdown just because our President is visiting us today… There should be other convenient ways of doing this…
— Dele Momodu Ovation (@DeleMomodu) March 29, 2018
Lagos DON'T DO IT. Absolutely avoid VI of you can today. Entering via Bonny Camp thru CMS is a no. You are diverted inside Lagos Island. Many side roads close to Eko hotel are closed. Drove around for 20 minutes trying to get to my office @Gidi_Traffic
— Tolu Adeleru Balogun (@tolulopeab) March 29, 2018
Today’s Lagos road closures are totally unnecessary and unfortunate. In the 21st Century, nobody closes down a mega city. President and Governor should simply have used helicopters. No right thinking person will close down New York or London or even Sydney
— Atedo Peterside (@AtedoPeterside) March 29, 2018
What kind of a country is this? Because the president is coming to Lagos state people cannot go and look for their daily bread, all the major road closed because PMB. When is Nigerian leaders going to learn, despite all the security details. May God help us
— Henry Xcel (@henry_xcel) March 29, 2018
It's 6:30am and the island is already on lock down because PMB is coming to Lagos to launch a bus station and the Eko Atlantic. Public holiday declared by the state government. The president is probably still asleep in Abuja.
— Charles Anazodo (@chaplinez70) March 29, 2018
It says everything about us that the only way to secure the president during a state visit to a metropolis like Lagos is to shut it down. In 2018. President and governor are both members of the "progressive APC."
There is a curse on this country.
— Babanla (@biolakazeem) March 29, 2018
Lagos went from a 'street smarts' city to a 'megacity' to a dumb city.
The way Mr Ambode tosses the state, one can easily forget this was once a state whose stubborn restlessness prompted the military to flee from Dodan Barracks to the safety of Aso Rock.
— AYO SOGUNRO (@ayosogunro) March 28, 2018