EVEN before it was designated the capital of Nigeria in 1914, Lagos had always enjoyed a special status. It was even a colony of its own before amalgamation, and it did not become part of the Western Region until the first creation of states by General Yakubu Gowon in 1967.

By the time the capital of Nigeria was moved to Abuja on December 12, 1991, it had served as the seat of government for 77 years. It was on Lagos infrastructure that much of our oil boom proceeds of the 1970s were invested, the same way that the bulk of the 1990 Gulf War windfalls were spent to develop Abuja.

The movement of the capital to Abuja led to the neglect of the Federal Government’s obligations to Lagos which continued to remain the economic capital and cultural melting pot of the nation and the West Africa region.