Another sad event in the long list of sad events that befall Nigerian historical artefacts. A major aspect of Lagos history and by extension Nigerian history literally came tumbling down last week.
Sunday, 10th September 2016 marks a dirty taint on the history of Lagos and Nigeria as a whole. It was the day ‘developers’, acting in total disregard for the constitution, tore down a 161-year old beauty that carried immeasurable value for the life and soul of a people. The building was the epitome of the Lagos Brazilian Style of architecture brought in by returnee slaves.
Legacy, a Lagos-based historical and environmental interest group, who is taking the fight to the alleged perpetrators – “Ilọjọ Bar (Casa do Fernandez) was declared a national monument in 1956 by the National Commission for Museums and Monuments (ncmm.gov.ng) and is protected by National Commission for Museums and Monuments Act.”
According to Legacy’s president, Desmond Majekodunmi “This is a petition against people who have literally taken laws into their own hands. This is a fight for the sovereignty of the laws that form the basis of this country called Nigeria.
“Casa do Fernandez was declared a national monument in 1956 by the National Commission for Museums and Monuments and is protected by National Commission for Museums and Monuments Act. The National Commission for Museums and Monuments has it boldly listed (No. 44) on their Monuments and Sites. So, what happened?”
The National Commission for Museums and Monuments has it boldly listed (No. 44) on their Monuments and Sites page – http://ncmm.gov.ng/?page_id=442
What is quite shocking is the virtual silence from the media, government and even the Nigerian people concerning the destruction of an integral part of Nigerian history. Other than a few posts on a couple of websites, word on this story is mute.
Full photo story here: http://www.ktravula.com/2016/09/photos-the-demolition-of-ilojo-bar/
You can join the protest against Olaiya House (Ilọjọ bar) demolition HERE
Source: Legacy [All rights reserved]