Halt the Attacks on Igbos in Lagos, as IPOB pleads with the Yoruba leaders ~Adesanya-Davies
"We need to listen to ourselves beyond Politics", "Stop the legalization of hijab in our land (Yoruba), especially in Lagos state." "Halt the Islamisation of Yoruba land!"
IPOB has asked the Yoruba leaders to stop those trying to ignite an ethnic war in Lagos State and the Southwest in general in viral news online.
The Country president of United Nations Positive Livelihood Award Centre (UN-POLAC), Amb. Prof. Funmilayo Adesanya-Davies lent her voice to this call. She says, “The fundamental truth is that the Igbo, as part of humanity, have the right to live anywhere in or outside Nigeria, and that should be respected.”
The South needs not tread on the part of self-destruction after this 2023 election, both Ashiwaju Ahmed Tinubu and Peter Obi are Southerners, and the Yorubas and Igbos have always lived in peace. However, it is so sad, now, thar the upcoming gubernatorial state election is even being feared as it approaches by all than the presidential election.
We would recall that, the “Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi re-affirms Igbo, Yoruba family ties in a report by Tunji Omofoye, at Osogbo on 23 April 2019.
“The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, re-affirmed the family ties between Yoruba and Igbo nations, saying the two ethnic groups are inseparable members of the same family.
“Oba Ogunwusi stated this sometime at his palace in Ile-Ife while receiving the Lagos State President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Solomon Ogbonna, who was accompanied by the delegation of African Farmers and Cultural Organisation on a courtesy visit to him.
Ooni said: “I am so happy to have the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Lagos State President here as part of this empowerment initiative.
He further explained, “Lagos is part of Yorubaland and we are all one. We are all the same; history is there, the facts are there, and we should actually put these facts out. “Why are we fighting? There should be no need for any fighting. It’s time for Southern presidency,” Adesanya-Davies added
Ooni espoused to the Igbos, “This is your root. I said it recently that some of our Yoruba kinsmen with ignorance of our history came out with nugatory statements of my position on the family ties between Yoruba and Igbo people. We have to tell the truth and the truth must set us all free, we are blood brothers. We should be inseparable. Please feel at home in Yorubaland and respect your Yoruba brothers and sisters too.
“We have a lot of discoveries that the Igbo and Yoruba people once lived together as one family and this will be revealed to the public. We should look at things that connect us together not those that separate us.
“There were different clans of Igbo that left Ife to establish their kingdoms. One of them rebelled back and started coming to cause mayhem in Ife (where they originally came from) and that is the Olugbo Kingdom. We should all come together and forget what happened in the past.”
On his part, Ogbonna said the Igbo people would always appreciate his efforts in unifying all the races in Nigeria to peacefully co-exist as one inseparable family, calling him an uncommon bridge builder who is well loved and respected across Africa.
Of recent, “The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB has reacted to attacks against Igbos in Lagos state. IPOB urged Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, Yoruba traditional rulers, Afenifere leaders and Gani Adams to stop the attacks on Igbos.
IPOB asked the Yoruba leaders to stop those trying to ignite an ethnic war in Lagos State and the Southwest in general. The group lamented that there was a plot to pitch Igbos against Yorubas in Lagos and the Southwest.
In a statement, the spokesman of IPOB, Emma Powerful, urged Igbos in Lagos and the Southwest to defend themselves against all forms of ethnic agenda.
The statement reads partly: “IPOB is urging Ndigbo and Biafrans in general resident in the Western region Nigeria particularly in Lagos, to be very vigilant and be prepared and ready to defend themselves and their businesses against thugs and criminals if the Nigerian security apparatus is incapable of or unwilling to protect them.
“That same evil bird that sang in the 60s is singing again. Fulani cabals rigged the 2023 election to set Ndigbo up against the Yorubas. But we are so much wiser now, and we hope that Yoruba people will not fall into the script of the Fulani caliphate.
The political thugs and criminals hired to terrorize and burn down properties belonging to Ndigbo should know that they have no monopoly on violence, hence, must be prepared to receive at least as much as they give. “
This, IPOB is urging the Lagos State Governor, Yoruba Traditional rulers, their opinion Moulder’s, politicians, Afenifere leaders particularly Gani Adams to do all that is necessary to stop these criminals and their sponsors in their track to avoid igniting a fire that will pitch us against each other while the Fulani Caliphate is standing on the sideline laughing at us.
These thugs must be compelled to desist from further attacking and bullying Ndigbo that are doing their legitimate business in Lagos.
“Lagos government should know that 2023 is not 1993 and Igbos will defend themselves against these criminals with whatever means is available to them.
“We are making this request in good faith so that tomorrow no one should wake up to tell the story from the middle that Ndigbo are fighting their host community.
Adesanya-Davies therefore supports that “The leaders and elders in Yoruba land should call the criminals terrorizing Igbos and their sponsors to order before things degenerate into dangerous and unimaginable dimension urgently,” as requested by IPOB.
She pleads, “Halt the attacks on Igbos in Lagos, they are your blood brothers as we watch several vides of killings and destructions of Igbo properties in Lagos, while IPOB pleads with the Yoruba leaders.”
Similarly, the Igbo leaders and Traditional Rulers should equally speak out to the Yoruba counterparts. Nobody should blame Ndigbo and the youths for defending themselves against ethnic cleansing agenda.”
Prof Adesanya-Davies noted however, that what the Yoruba’s are saying is, “Lagos is NOT no-man’s land. It belongs to the Yorubas. And that, “Other than winning the Presidency, the most important thing for the Yoruba to do today is to ensure that Babajide Sanwo-Olu is re-elected as Governor of Lagos state.” They don’t want to be short changed and finished as a race and as a people.
Yourubas are of the opinion that, “The Igbo would not allow any Yoruba man to contest and role in the east. They formed the Amotekun to protect themselves against the onslaught of Fulani herdsmen nuisance. The Yorubas are highly protective people that never want to be at the defensive”
A Yoruba man writes: “Our liberalism and willingness to accommodate others has become our biggest albatross. We gave them land, food and shelter and now they want to take everything from us and rule over us.”
The Yoruba daughter writes: “They have even infiltrated our land and legalize the wearing of hijab in our land, especially in Lagos state. Stop the legalization of hijab in our land (Yoruba), especially in Lagos state. The same thing has been done in Kwara state missionary/mission schools”
Another Yoruba son, Femi Fani Kayode (FFK) cries: And now. “They want to deny us that which our forefathers built, fought and died for and they want to decimate our identity and redefine who we are! We want them to take note that it is beyond politics, “Lagos is for Lagosian and Lagosian are YORUBA!”
“We welcome visitors and strangers with love, kindness and open arms because that is our nature but we will never let them rule over us in our father’s land, take our land and territory and deprive us of our patrimony, heritage and ancestry.
“We know who we are and we know what ours is. We know what is ours, and we know what is not. Nothing and nobody will take that which is ours from us. Anything short of this would be an abomination and we would not tolerate it and of curs, God will not. It is time to reclaim Lagos!
Adesanya-Davies concludes, While the Yorubas are very accommodating, all should be aware that, “Lagos is NOT no-man’s land. It belongs to the Yorubas. Lagos is for Lagosian and Lagosian are YORUBA. Let’s give peace a chance! We need to listen to ourselves beyond Politics!” Also, “Halt the Siamization of Yoruba land!”
In the same vein, Funmilayo Adesanya-Davies, the Presidential Candidate of Mass Action Joint Alliance MAJA in 2019 election, also commiserates with victims Of Lagos Bus-Train Crash of Thursday, March 10, 2023. She condones the families of victims of the tragedy resulting from the collision between a moving train and a transit bus conveying government worker in Lagos State, praying for their families.
The train and Lagos State BRT staff bus accident happened in Shogunle area of Ikeja. “A total of 85 passengers were reportedly being carried on the bus, most of whom sustained injuries of varying degrees, while six were declared dead.
In a reaction to the incident, Adesanya-Davies says, “The accident is very sad and heart breaking, praying, “The Almighty God will console the families of the deceased as well as grant very quick recovery of the many who were injured in Jesus Precious name, amen.”