The debate of who built Lagos State has once again surfaced on the internet, with two notable figures, Ambode and Tinubu leading the frontline.

Till this very moment, Nigerians are always left in confusion whenever it comes to this debate.

Ambode Or Tinubu: Who Built Lagos?
President Bola Tinubu and Ambode

Lagos, a commercial city in the heart of Nigeria is very popular for its numerous levels of successes.


The influx of young Nigerians into the state in search of greener pasture has earned Lagos its city of opportunity emblem.

All thanks to the numerous industries and companies littered in the state, these youths are never met with disappointment.

Also, the infrastructures in Lagos have earned it its recognition as a major city.

Who Built Lagos?

There is so much to talk about when it comes to Lagos. The ports, the entertainment, etc.

However, this does not form the spine of this article.

For now, we are concerned about who built Lagos to its now successful standard, an argument that has gotten tongues wagging on social media.

This debate has been on for a very long time with no end in sight.


On Friday, things got heated up after a Nigerian real estate mogul tweeted via X that Tinubu did not build anything in Lagos.

To the X user, it was Akinwunmi Ambode who built and modernized Oshodi.

The Challenge 

He challenged Lagosians and supporters of Tinubu to show what Tinubu built in Lagos.

Ambode was a one term executive governor of Lagos state (2015-2019).

Rumours circulating the state has it that he was removed by Bola Tinubu and replaced by Sanwo Olu, because he allegedly refused to sign wasteful contracts and mismanage funds at the order of Bola Tinubu.

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What started as an honest opinion in no time became a serious argument leading to a heavy debate.

Well, that is Ambode on one hand.

On the other hand, is Bola Tinubu, a former governor of the state who now seats as the president of the county.

Tinubu became president having added Lagos to the list of his portfolio.

As a matter of fact, Jagaban as fondly called promised to replicate the success story of Lagos at the federal level, a promise Nigerians are still hoping on.

We cannot say for certain who among this two politicians built Lagos State.

However, their contributions to the growth of the state are enormous and cannot be overlooked.


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