Former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode and other Nigerians have criticised President Muhammadu Buhari for not visiting the scene of Abule Ado tragedy which claimed many lives on Sunday.
On Monday, Sanwo-Olu posted pictures of his trip to the Presidential Villa, Abuja, via his Twitter handle.
The images posted by Governor Sanwo-Olu showed 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 criticisms from Nigerians who are wondering why Buhari could not have traveled down to Lagos for an on-the-spot assessment.
Reacting to the Photo assessment by President Buhari, Fani-Kayode said: “You claim to be President of all yet this happens in your nation’s commercial capital & you do not see fit to go there to see for yourself and stand with your people?
“The best you can do is gawk at the pictures that were brought to you? You are callous, heartless & insensitive!”
Some have also recalled how former President, Olusegun Obasanjo in January 2002, visited Lagos after the Ikeja Cantonment explosions.
Below are some Nigerians’ reactions:
Aisha Yesufu said: “Wallahi I can’t do this public office thing. I can’t imagine myself as a Governor and many people are affected, the President doesn’t come to see us but send for me to bring pictures to him in Abuja. Ahhhhhh! That President will regret making that phone call by the time I am done!”
@OgbeniDipo: ”Sanwo-Olu should have sent pictures to Buhari via WhatsApp? lool. Why couldn’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!”
“If we had a President, he’ll have been in Lagos yesterday,”@henryshield added.
@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 Lago.
@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.