Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State Thursday renamed a hall initially named after him, to “Peace Hall’’, in memory of slain Yobe State school children.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that about 43 children of the Federal Government College, Burni Yadi, Yobe, were killed by members of the Boko Haram sect on February 25.
The renamed hall was constructed by the Lagos zonal council of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), located at Fadeyi in Lagos.
Fashola said at the inauguration of the hall earlier named after him by NUPENG that he changed the name to honour the slain secondary school students.“I appreciate NUPENG’s gesture but I will rename this edifice `Peace Hall, in memory of the lives of the children that were brutally slain in Yobe by insurgents.“The children will soon be forgotten but as a reminder to us and the need to stand up for what is right, I ask that the hall be re-named as NUPENG’s Peace Hall, as we all search for peace across Nigeria,’’ Fashola said.
The governor described the Yobe incident as a moment of mixed feelings, when many parents were mourning the loss of their children.“While we pray for the repose of the souls of these young ones, it is also a moment we must stand up as a nation.“Whatever language you speak, whatever faith you practice, whatever ethnic/tribe you claim, this is the time it will not show.“No matter how diverse we are, we are still one people, this is a time when colours and flag do not matter and political ideologies mean nothing.“This is the time we must show and respect the values of the lives of fellow Nigerians’’ he said.