Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Lagos State Governor, is under severe criticisms over his meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, following the Abule Ado tragedy on Sunday.
On Monday, Sanwo-Olu posted pictures of his trip to the Presidential Villa, Abuja, via his Twitter handle.
The images show him and Buhari looking through pictures of the explosion.
“Today, I met with HE, President @MBuhari to brief him on the unfortunate incident at Abule Ado. The core plan is to provide relief, rebuild the affected areas and avoid future occurrence”, he captioned.
The statement has drawn the anger of Nigerians’, who are wondering why Sanwo-Olu travelled all the way to Abuja to show Buhari photos of the incident.
Buhari himself is under fire for not visiting Lagos for an on-the-spot assessment.
Some have recalled how former President, Olusegun Obasanjo in January 2002, visited Lagos after the Ikeja Cantonment explosions.
The disaster which occurred after stored artillery shells, rockets and bombs went off, caused the death of over 1,000 people.
Below are some Nigerians’ reactions:
@OgbeniDipo: ”Sanwo-Olu should have sent pictures to Buhari via WhatsApp? lool. Why could’t Buhari fly to Lagos to see for himself? That would have been the right thing to do. More so the pipelines are federal asset.
@henryshield: The blast occurred 40 minutes away by flight from where the President resides, but Governor Sanwo-Olu had to travel to Abuja to show Buhari FREAKING PICTURES? Your citizens died. Little kids were involved for heaven’s sake! Pictures! I’m just tired. I’m tired!
@honilatte: They actually want us to applaud them for viewing pictures.
@ome1za: This meeting is totally uncalled-for, this is year 2020 and we are still showing our president hardcopy pictures of an unfortunate incident. RIP technology.
@Drmuzoic: What a great achievement! You went to Abuja to show him pictures? As Lagos is not outside Nigeria, he cant personally go to see and access the situation. Or since he cant travel, view live feeds from the area?
@FestusGreen: Sanwo-Olu’s Lagos State Assembly spent N2.4b on 80 cars for 40 members in the HoA, but is crowd funding for thousands of #AbuleAdo pipeline explosion victims? He traveled to Abuja for pictures that ought to have been sent to the president via WhatsApp! We know their priorities!
@DemolaRewaju: You think you’ve seen enough silliness across the rank and file of the party in power then they dig and find another low to bring us to: What is the point of taking pixes to Aso Rock, is Sanwo-Olu dumb to explain verbally or Buhari deaf to listen? And they released the pixes.
@obi_Nwosu:The pictures Sanwo-Olu flew Lagos – Abuja to show President Muhammadu Buhari were available online yesterday morning. PMB told him eyaaaa, and he flew back to Lagos
@ayemojubar: Sanwo-Olu takes pictures of Lagos explosion to Buhari. Why didn’t he send it via WhatsApp or Email? If it takes a flight to Abuja to show pictures, isn’t that a CLUE Buhari doesn’t know much about what’s going on in Nigeria? They show him ONLY what they want him to see.
@Mr_Izrael: If this incidence had happened in Niger, Your president would have taken night bus to go and pay condolence. But Sanwo-Olu had to paint it in pictures as per Lagos state reporter for Aso Rock Abuja.
@TosinOlugbenga: This is the worst President Nigeria ever had with zero empathy for human lives.A strategic city like Lagos experience such a magnitude of disaster, Buhari sat in Aso Rock and Sanwo-Olu flew to present him pictures of the devastating damages. Shameless!”