One of the social scourge in the smart City today’s are all forms of street begging that can mar the aesthetic of the THEMES agenda of Gov. Babajide Sanwoolu if he fails to nip it in bud now.
No tribes or religion has monopoly of beggars in Nigeria. However, the beggars are predominantly Northerners; which has now attracted more tribes from Nigeria Eastern, and Western parts ever than before into the lucrative trade.
Like the count charges against Keke/Okada riders, some of the beggars contributed to road accidents, obstruct free flow of traffic, act as spy and courier for criminal elements. More importantly, they also increased the population out of school Children in Lagos State as their children joined them during school hours to beg for money.
During the administration of Gov. Babatunde Fashola, most of the destitute and beggars in Lagos State were transported back to their various state of origin before the government policy on this menace was politicized.
The Easterners beggars operate their trade in motorparks and market places in Lagos singing praise and worship with the support of tambourine.
Some used fake medical ailment reports from General Hospitals to extort money from innocent passerbys at Bus Stops, BRT terminals, Motorparks, Market place, traffic, social events and place of workship respectively.
They also go inside public Buses in the name of evangelism after electrifying praise and worship, Preaching the Gospel then offering time; one of them in particular reside around Mende Maryland Cane Village, Kosofe, Lagos.
The Western part of Nigeria beggars used biological or rented identical twins children in different places to beg for alms saying bless the twins” eta awon Ibeji lore”.
Some will lied in the name of food, transportation to their destination.
Also, there’s also these set of people young and old that wears white uniform ” Aso ebi” offering native prayers to road users in return of cash gift.
Recent protest video of Northern beggars demanding for right of begging from Lagos State Government
However, the predominant tribes are Northern beggars we chose begging religously as a way of life. They are in every part of Nigeria unlike others who have trade limit.
Individually or group of Two or more they are on every Street, junction, round about , Mosques, churches, market place, traffic, restaurant, business Centres in Lagos State begging for alms.
Some are critical challenged. However, some able body men without any deformity in their numbers among them struggling for food, materials and money given to them by free will givers or as directed by the 3 Africans religion practitioners spiritual consultant.
Around Ikorodu Roundabout, Agege Railway line, Ikosi Junction, Kosofe along Ikorodu Highway and notable places in Lagos State and On Friday’s at Jumat prayers at Mosque entrances and churches on Sunday’s the present of this Northern demographic of beggars are always visible.
Following the total ban by Kano State Government on beggars , Kosofe, Lagos residents has equally urged the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwoolu to Follow the Footsteps of his Kano Counterpart and get them off the street of the smart city; Lagos State.
Reaction of Kosofe, Lagos residents over protest video of Northern beggars demanding for right of begging from Lagos State Government