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This month the Lagos State Government has begun demolishing Makoko, one of the world's most iconic informal settlements, evicting the community with a violence that has resulted in the death of at least one neighbouring resident, and in direct contravention of international law.

The Economist conference 'Future Cities: managing Africa's urban transformation' was held in Lagos last month. A rosy picture for foreign investors, but what kind of future is being offered the ordinary African?

While governments remain focused on economic indicators and the image a city projects, writers who wish to remain egalitarian must discount both of these in favour of the basic needs of all people.

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But none of the reasons claimed by the Ministry justify sending out reckless men with weapons convinced of their authority to kill and to terrorise a community who are merely trying to lead economically rational lives in the name of urban 'beautification'.

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