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In a report, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) ranked Lagos State as the third worst city to live in among 140 cities worldwide, but a human rights advocate and a senior lawyer in Nigeria, Mr Femi Falana, disagreed with this claim. 

He said he does not believe in the report that Lagos State was the third most dangerous city to live in in the world.

Falana debunked the report on Sunday evening during the investiture of Mr Kayode Opeifa, the former Commissioner for Transport in Lagos State as the President of Rotary Club.

Lagos was ranked 138th out of the 140 countries in the EIU 2018 report on safest cities to live in.

Part of the EIU report stated: “With a relatively low score of 38.5 percent, the city was just a little above Syria’s war-torn capital, Damascus, and Bangladesh’s Dhaka".


Falana said, “I don't believe Lagos is the third most dangerous city to live in  because there many cities in other countries that are more dangerous than Lagos.

“The Lagos State Government should quickly respond to this report and let people know that the state is safe for people".

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The Senior Advocate of Nigeria, however, highlighted that Lagos State had not been well represented by the lawmakers from the state at the national level.

"The only challenge we are facing is that the quality of our representation in government is low, at the state, local government and federal levels.

"Lagos alone has 24 members at the Federal House of Representatives, let us be sincere to ourselves how many of them do we hear about?

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“We have 40  legislators in the state house of assembly, what is the quality of the debate there? Who are the people representing us at the various local government levels ?” he questioned. 

Falana, therefore, advised  the residents of the state to always challenge their representatives at both the National and state assemblies on proactive legislation.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Opeifa was decorated the 35th President of Rotary Club of Agege District 9110 of Nigeria at Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja in Lagos State.