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From the Editorial Suite

The social media are truly unforgiving. No one would have probably understood this better than Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, particularly in the early days and months of his new administration. Having won a resounding victory at the Lagos State governorship poll in the 2019 general elections, he assumed office in a successful state with a good succession legacy. You would be forgiven for thinking his government would be on easy street in the state. But Lagosians are an impatient lot and it was not long before they started criticising him on the social media and elsewhere. He was called all manners of derogatory names and one that particularly stuck was “the pointing governor.”

In his attempt to take stock of the situation in Lagos as he assumed office, he toured various parts of the state evaluating the state of various projects but was always pictured pointing at something during those tours. His critics asked him to sit down, plan and do something to fulfil his electoral promises rather than “gallivanting” all over the place.

Well, more than two years later, it is clear that there is method to his “madness.” The performance of his administration has been a reference point for other states in the country. So, at Newswatch Plus, we decided to take a look at how far the Sanwo-Olu administration has come and whether the reality matches the hype.

Demola Abimboye, one of our contributing editors, anchors this story that will enable our readers make up their mind on how well the state is doing in these difficult years. While doing this, we did not forget to look at the controversial EndSARS report which had divided opinions throughout the country. With Lagos State rejecting portions of the report, the search for the truth, it seems, goes on.

We are the first to admit that these past couple of years have been difficult for us all, what with Covid-19 pandemic and insecurity across the land. Despite all this, however, we will still wish our readers and patrons a happy and prosperous 2022.

Soji Akinrinade
Soji Akinrinade
Soji Akinrinade, Editor-in-Chief of Newswatch magazine until May 5, 2011, has had a long and distinguished career in journalism, having worked for the News Agency of Nigeria, The Punch, where he was Features Editor and Deputy Editor and the Sunday Concord. He joined Newswatch in November 1984 as one of its three pioneer Associate Editors, and rose to the rank of Executive Editor and finally Editor-in-Chief in 2010. He was (and is still) affectionately called "The General" having been in charge of the Newswatch newsroom during the magazine's early years. A honours graduate of both the Northwestern State University of Louisiana, Natchitoches, LA, USA and the Henry Grady School of Journalism, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA, where he obtained his BA and MA degrees in journalism respectively, Akinrinade is a Nuffield Press Fellow of Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK. He is also a Fellow of the Nigerian Guild of Editors. He is a contributor to Ojukwu, published in 2012 by May-Five Media Limited which he co-founded with three other veteran journalists. In addition, he contributed to Newswatch Best and Jogging in the Jungle: The Newswatch Story
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