Did Bola Ahmed Tinubu Tame the Atlantic Ocean From Wiping Out Lagos State?

Prudence Emudianughe

Claim

In an interview with the BBC Focus on Africa, The presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu claimed that he tamed the Atlantic Ocean from wiping out Lagos State.

Verdict 

The claim that the Atlantic Ocean had been tamed from wiping out Lagos is MISLEADING.

Lagos State has suffured intense flooding even in 2021.

Full Text

Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), gave an interview to BBC Focus on Africa on Tuesday following his appearance at Chatham House in London, UK. In the interview, he claimed that as governor of Lagos State, he was able to control the Atlantic Ocean surge that threatened to wipe out many lives there.

He said, “I tamed the Atlantic ocean surge that could have perished many people in Lagos. The infrastructural renewal in Lagos is excellent.”

Verification

Contrary to this assertion, news reports indicate that Lagos may soon become uninhabitable owing to ongoing flooding and rising sea levels.

According to experts, Lagos is one of the cities that would be most impacted by the sea level rise, which is predicted to inexorably rise by a minimum of 27 cm as a result of the Greenland ice cap melting, which is estimated to release 110 trillion tonnes of ice into the sea.

Lagos is partly built on the mainland and a string of islands.

Eko Atlantic is a new coastal city being built on Victoria Island to solve the chronic shortage of real estate in the state. According to its official website, the Eko Atlantic will be shielded from rising waters by an 8-kilometer concrete block wall.

Experts worry that recovering land from the water may put pressure on other coastal neighborhoods, despite the fact that the ambitious project might help alleviate housing shortages in other sections of the city. Other detractors have argued that nearby areas that are not shielded by the wall will be exposed to tidal surges.

Other critics have argued here that adjacent areas not protected by the wall will be left vulnerable to tidal surge as it is grappling with an eroding coastline that makes the city vulnerable to flooding.

Conclusion

FactCheckElections can conclude that the claim that the Atlantic Ocean had been tamed from wiping out Lagos is MISLEADING as the city still remains vulnerable to flooding.

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