Sanwo-Olu stops man from jumping into Lagos Lagoon, pays N500k debt






Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and his wife, Ibijoke, on Friday visited the Lagos Island Maternity Hospital, Broad Street and some other hospitals in different parts of the State to celebrate Eid-el-Kabir with in-patients and health practitioners.

The Governor and his wife while at the various hospitals chatted with the patients and the medical personnel, cheering them up, encouraging them and also prayed for their recovery.

The governor said that earlier on Friday, he stopped his convoy to rescue a man who wanted to jump from the Third Mainland Bridge into the Lagos Lagoon because of a debt of N500,000.

He said he had paid off the debt.

He said: “You look at big things but you need to certainly create time for little things as well.

“That is the difference.

“You know, you are going to build a bridge and it is nice, but you have somebody who is just somewhere who needs a help.

“Just this morning (Friday), we rescued somebody who was planning to jump from the Third Mainland Bridge all because he said he has a debt of N500,000.

“We had to rescue him and we paid the debt.

“Those little details are what make the difference.

“I don’t have two heads, I don’t have 15 fingers.

“We are still same human beings.

“So, we need to show that human part of us while we are not losing sight of the big picture.

“The big picture is that we want to build roads, bridges and new schools.

“But we also need to pay attention to little one like the young boy on that video.

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“By the way, I have spoken to him and his mother.

“They are doing great and I will see him one of these days very soon.”

Speaking further,  Sanwo-Olu said his unscheduled visit to Lagos Island Maternity was to share Eid-el-Kabir moments with those in the hospital at a time when every other person is in joyous mood at home.

He said: “It is really about the season.

“So, if you reflect, Eid-el-Kabir is about season of love.

“It is about season of remembering one another.

“So people are remembering Prophet Ibrahim; he slaughtered ram, which showed it is a season of giving.

He noted: “There are people on two sides, the medical officers on the frontline that are meant to be at work, but more importantly are patients who for one reason or the other cannot be with their loved ones.”

Justifying his decision to pay unscheduled visit to health practitioners and in-patients at the hospitals, Sanwo-Olu said: “I felt that this is the best place to come and show love; not just to see them but to encourage them and to give them little support from myself and my government.

“Coming here, we would also see things around ourselves.

“It is an unscheduled visit.

“So, we didn’t prompt anything.

“I saw them in their natural habit.

“You can see so many doctors and nurses are on duty and patients are also happy.

“We have also seen several patients; mothers that gave birth overnight to fresh new born babies.

“So, it is just a season to come and thank God for them and their lives and for their families who are not here.

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