human face with many of the houses brought down with residents’ belongings inside.
The traditional ruler invited had Fayose to his palace where he
conveyed the feelings of his subject, but the governor insisted that he would continue demolishing houses as part of his urban renewal policy.
The video of the encounter has since gone viral on various social
media platforms and it has been generating interest within and outside the state.
Ewi said in the video: “The issue of urban renewal is sensitive, we
had anticipated that this will happen and that was why we wrote a letter. You were at the glass shop over there when we said it is likely that houses will be demolished but we all sit down and said we should be carried along before such houses are demolished.
“We know that you are doing your work and we cannot say you should not do your work. But my subjects have been coming to the palace to
complain that their structures were being demolished without prior
notice. One of them complained that he went to work and before
returning, the house was demolished with all his belongings inside. That is the issue.
“People have been coming here and they have not allowed us to rest
here. That of Ijoka was the most serious and that is why I said it is
compulsory that I see you (Fayose) that we should both discuss
together. We cannot say you should not do your work because we will
understand the matter on ground better in another twenty years.
“I don’t want you to say that ‘when I wanted to do my job, the Ado-Ekiti people said I should not do my work.’ What we are saying is
that all of us will sit down together, whatever work you want to do,
those to be affected will know ahead of time. Imagine a situation in which somebody goes to work and before he returns now meets his house demolished.”
“I will continue to demolish houses, let me make it clear today. I wanted to extend the demolition to
Atikankan, you were the one that prevented me, I wanted it demolished up to Atikankan.
“At the spot where the demolition stopped, that one is a coma. Invite those house owners and tell them that those houses that serve as hideouts for phones thieves and bag snatchers will be demolished,” the governor said, promising that he would continue to work until the eve of his departure from office in October.