“Personally, I think it is wrong for the government to enforce this now. Simply put, the executive is carrying out the job of the judiciary.”
The Lagos State Alliance for Democracy (AD) governorship candidate, Owolabi Salis, said if Buhari’s administration continues with the promulgation of executive orders, it would lose a vote of confidence of the international community.
What is your take on the executive Order 6?
Personally, I think it is wrong for the government to enforce this now. Simply put, the executive is carrying out the job of the judiciary. An impartial arbiter needs to look at it first. The high court given the nudge might be influenced. The order looks like a decree and it can also be used to cow people to behave in a certain way. The international community might see it as a strategy to win the next election.
Are you going to support Atiku if your party supports him?
I have a relationship with Buhari and Atiku. Both of them have their pros and cons. The only problem I have with Buhari is the appointment into serious positions from a certain section of the country. It is sending a wrong signal to many including the retired generals. I was among one of 2004 Queens New York reception committee when Buhari visited the New York, at a time he does not seem to have a chance to run for the president. A lot of people didn’t want to receive him but I was among the few that went and supported him. At that time, I was Chapter Auditor of PDP USA; I went with my Financial Secretary. I gave him a material on how to put Nigeria on the right track and he was happy and I have heard him talk about restructuring in that line. And as a PDP man, I knew Atiku closely. He also has good quality. He is a nationalist. I am really confused about whom to support. The party can support anybody they want but I still have to look at the socio- economic advantage for the people. I am concerned about the less privileged people.
Why are you interested in Lagos?
The desire to assist the less privileged, propelled my interest. Most people in Lagos are not happy because Lagos commonwealth is in the hands of an individual and this individual had been using it to serve his own personal interest. The third one is the culture, I have travelled to more than half of the countries in this world and I have seen the difference between the standard of living in Lagos and the world generally. Nigeria and African culture needs to live up to the standard it should command culture is relegated. Lagos State is not just Lagos State out there, it is very important to African race. Out there, many Africans gain much from Nigeria and Lagos is the capital for them. The youth in Lagos have been brainwashed to only understand violence meanwhile, those sending them have their own children are in comforts zones across the Atlantic. It is not fair for them to be turned into hoodlums without fear for their tomorrow. The issue of the justice system in the state can be better. I am an attorney in the USA; I used to practice here before practicing in the united state. I have seen the difference.
Do you understand the politics of running Lagos?
It is not about what they do, it is about what they are supposed to do. When people experience something over time they think it is the norm, it is not the norm. There is a plea that Lagos and Nigeria should do surveying marketing. There is no need for tourists to get a visa to enter Nigeria; there are a lot of countries that their GDP is higher than us. Most tourists don’t have time for a visa they just jump into the plane with their backpack.
Why did you decide to run on AD’s platform?
About 14 gentlemen came to me from various political parties, we had a meeting about Lagos and they concluded that it was high time we fought off this menace. They mapped out a strategy to return the wealth of the nation to the people and not an individual. It was the genesis of Star Alliance of Lagos Coalition Movement. After much deliberation, we decided to go with the AD because the party has a link with all the parties. It is a party that cuts across other parties.