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MURIC’s direector, Professor Is-haq Akintola, in a statement in Lagos, said that the people must not allow political shenanigans to exploit the situation, saying that this was not about politics, it is about the people’s welfare.
While charging the people to be conscious of their Allah-given and fundamental human rights, it said that the few bad eggs among the law enforcement agencies must not be allowed to abuse the process or exploit innocent and law-abiding citizens.
It called on Lagosians to expose overzealous officials by promptly reporting them to the authorities and warned those who were expected to implement the law to realise that Lagosians were more civilised this time around.
“Any attempt to be highhanded or to turn the laws into instruments of extortion will be resisted with every legitimate means at the people’s disposal.
“The fear of possible abuse of the new laws has been expressed in certain quarters. Nonetheless, it is illogical that we will allow such fears to interfere with the law-making process,” it said.
According to MURIC, such fears should not stop the authorities from making laws.
“There is a dogma that Nigerians in general (except a few) break the law at will. Patriotic and concerned citizens have suggested at one forum or another that we need a disciplinarian to straighten things out.
“We strongly believe that Lagos has found the solution. We must not kill the fowl that lays the golden egg,” it added.
While noting that the Lagos State governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola recently signed the traffic bill into law, MURIC said that the highlights of the law include the ban on driving against traffic, using the phone, eating or smoking while driving. Penalties range from fines to imprisonment.
MURIC which said that the traffic law had been greeted with criticisms drew the attention of the people to the chaotic traffic situations in different parts of the state.Share