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Ohanaeze Condemns Attacks On Ndigbo In Lagos, Makes Appeal

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Apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo has condemned in strong words the burning of Akere Spare Parts Market in Olodi-Apapa area of Lagos and the recent launching of an attack on South-Eastern­ers in the state.

In a statement obtained by The Eastern Updates on Friday, the National Publicity Sec­retary, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Dr. Chiedozie Alex Ogbon­nia said, ‘Ohanaeze 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 a 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 since 40 years ago will dis­cern that Obi is specially sent from heaven to redeem Nigeria from its down-ward spiral.

‘The presidential can­didate of the APC in the last election, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, also enjoyed a good Igbo supporters in La­gos. Why all these?

‘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 organisation 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.

‘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 defence 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,’ he said.

Similarly, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the burning of Lagos auto parts market as barbaric.

The party condemned in very strong terms the unpro­voked burning of Akere Mo­tor Parts and Allied Dealers Market in Lagos by suspected hoodlums.

The PDP, in a statement by its spokesman, Hon. Debo Ologunagba, bewailed the heartless killing of 65 years old Baba Hakeem, the brave security guard, at the mar­ket, who was reportedly shot dead by the arsonists before touching the market to de­stroy goods worth hundreds of millions of naira and dev­astate the lives and means of livelihood of innocent, hard-working Nigerians.

The Eastern Updates


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