Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Tuesday commiserated with the French Government over last Friday’s terror attacks in Paris which killed more than 120 people. Governor Ambode, in a condolence letter sent to the Ambassador of France to Nigeria, Mr. Denys Gauer, described the dastardly act as an attack on the civilised world and humanity.
He, however, urged the civilised world not to only resist terror, but also defeat it by every means possible.
The Governor said: “On behalf of the government and good people of Lagos State, I wish to express our heartfelt condolences to your good self, the French government and the entire French citizens over last Friday’s terror attacks in Paris.”
“The dastardly act was no doubt an attack on the civilised world and humanity and we share in your grief. Whether the strike is within the city, through plane hijack or in traffic, terrorists speak the same language of force, violence and suppression.”
“But the civilised world should not only resist terror, we must defeat it by every means possible. And this is why the whole world is standing behind France at these trying times to say no to terror and every form of extremism,” the Governor said.
While commending the French courage and resilience against the terror attacks, Governor Ambode also acknowledged that by standing up in unison to condemn terrorism, the French people have demonstrated that like other challenges plaguing humanity, terrorism should not be politicised, and that It can only be defeated with unity of purpose.