The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has received reports from our Lagos State Chapter that the Akere spare parts market, Lagos has been set on fire with goods worth billions of Naira. The report also revealed that a 65-year-old security man was shot dead before the inferno. The spare parts market is an Igbo dominated market. This report is in consonance with the various threats issued by both the lowly and barbaric hoodlums before the general elections that a vote against the APC will incur wrath.
It is very regrettable that while the several eminent conscientious amongst the Yoruba are lending noble hands for a better Nigeria some miscreants and hoodlums are busy destroying the invaluable cordial relationship between the Igbo and the Yoruba. It is common knowledge that the voting on February 25, 2023 was very blind to ethnicity. What the oppressed and the dispossessed masses expressed was a desire to create a new Nigeria through Mr. Peter Obi. It goes without saying that it requires an exceptional audacious and capacious un-Nigerian Nigerian to pull Nigeria out of the woods. Anyone who has watched Peter Obi closely for 40 years ago will discern that Obi is specially sent from heaven to redeem Nigeria from its down-ward spiral.
But, by the way, the presidential candidate of the APC in the last election, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu also enjoyed good Igbo supporters in Lagos. Why all this?
The Igbo persecutions are not likely to stop the Igbo entrepreneurship, cosmopolitanism and resilience. The Igbo are found everywhere to be hardworking. They strive to cooperate with and add vital infrastructural values to the host community. This is the ideal, worthy of emulation.
It must also be pointed out that before the general election, various ethnic cultural groups such as the Afenifere, an umbrella socio cultural organization for the Yoruba; the PANDEF, the Middle Belt, Arewa groups, etc were in the forefront of the Obi-Datti movement and thousands of Yoruba youths were deeply committed to the cause.
Based on the foregoing, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide restrains from viewing the barbaric attack on Igbo traders with an ethnic stereotype; rather all men of goodwill are enjoined to rise in one voice to condemn the primitive and primordial display of vile and hate against the Igbo.
Before the election,
the Baale (local chief) of Igbara community, Jakande, in Eti-Osa local government area of Lagos State had made an incendiary speech wherein he stated that “only residents who have their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) and are ready to vote for the All-Progressives Congress (APC) would be allowed to do business with us in this community”. He made the remarks while addressing his cabinet on Monday, January 30, 2023. The traditional ruler further threatened: “We are ready to fight; yes, I am not hiding it; I have narrated everything to you. In Nigeria, there is Lagos; in Lagos, there is Eti-Osa; within Eti-Osa, we have Igbara community and by the grace of God in Igbara today, we can take our decision. He continued: “You want to vote for Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) or Labour Party (LP)? Not here…among others.”
We also recall that in April 2015, the Oba of Lagos, His Majesty Rilwan Akiolu had threatened the Igbo living in Lagos that “anyone that fails to vote for the governorship candidate of the All-Progressives Congress (APC) would perish in the Lagoon….and more. These subversive and inflammable remarks by the elite who should lead the way are at the vices which stand at variance with the principles of cohesion, peace, security and sustainable national development.
The Secretary General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide Ambassador Okey Emuchay, MFR calls on President Muhammadu Buhari, the governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Chief Bola Ahmed Tinubu, security agencies and indeed the lovers of democracy to rise in defense of democracy in Nigeria. We also call for the interference of the international community at this point because the ignored injustice somewhere will ultimately have reverberations elsewhere and everywhere.
Dr. Chiedozie Alex Ogbonnia, National Publicity Secretary, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide