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Ohaneze decries attack on Igbos residing in Lagos

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The Ohaneze Ndigbo Worldwide has lamented the unfortunate attack on Igbo residing in Lagos in the aftermath of last Saturday’s Governorshp and House of Assembly elections in the state.

In a statement made available by the Spokesperson of Ohaneze Ndigbo Worldwide, Dr Alex Ogbonnia, the apex Igbo socio-cultural organization said it was disturbed by the unpatriotic action of the perpetrators of act.

The statement reads in part: “It is with a deep sense of concern that Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide wishes to draw the public attention to the barefaced brutality, repression and existential threat presently perpetrated against the Igbo population in Lagos State of Nigeria.

“It will be recalled that in the run-up to the February 25, 2023 presidential election, Ndigbo in Lagos were subjected to inhuman treatments by the so-called “owners” of Lagos for which reason many of our people were brazenly attacked, oppressed, repressed, and disenfranchised for no other reason than insisting on their civic rights to vote for candidates of their choice.”

According to the Spokesperson: “A few days ago, Mr Bayo Onanuga, the Spokesperson for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, issued a “warning ” threat to Igbos in Lagos State warning them to stop “interfering ” with politics in the state.

He said: “This year 2023 should be the last time the Igbos should interfere in Lagos politics. Lagos State belongs to Yorubas and let there be no repeat in 2027; Igbos are not Lagosians but mere strangers from another ethnic group.

“Igbos are merely tolerated in Lagos without remorse and I owe no one any apology for addressing the existential threats of my Yoruba stock. I am after all, first of all a Yoruba, before being a Nigerian.”
Ohaneze said that during the 2015 general election, one of the most influential traditional rulers in Nigeria, the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, was quoted as threatening the Igbo in Lagos by saying that “anyone that fails to vote for the governorship candidate of the APC would perish in the lagoon.”

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