Lagos state governor, Babatunde Raji Fashola, yesterday while inspecting a proposed cemetery site for both Muslims and Christians in the state, stunned his crowd when he announced that he bought a vault four years ago, where he will be buried.
The proposed cemetery is located along Lekki Epe Expressway, Lagos. Fashola told journalists after inspecting the site that death is a necessary end that will come when it will come, saying there is the need for people to prepare for it. He said:
“We are here to inspect a cemetery, we often don’t like to talk about, but there is a need for it because the population continues to expand and the Lekki sub-region is growing very fast.
If you look at it, the Ikoyi Cemetery, the Abari and all of that are more than 100 years old and they were built by colonialists and left behind for us and when you look at the way they have also managed them, many families cannot even visit the vaults where their loved ones are resting.
We have this strategic partnership now with the private sector and they are going to deliver a cemetery like no other. They will manage it and make the cost also competitive. There will be high, medium and low density vaults for people who really want to make a statement at their exit.
It is true of life that everyone who comes must go. So as we are building hospital to receive new born babies, schools to teach them survival skills in life and start businesses, we must also plan for the end and this may sound odd as some people don’t want to discuss it.
I have bought my own vault. It surprises people I paid for it about four years ago. I always tell people if you come here to live, you must plan to go. Those who don’t want to go shouldn’t come,” he stated.