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Against the backdrop of the arrest of Eze Igbo of Ajao Estate, Fredrick Nwajagu, the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has pointed out that the Igbo would not leave Lagos State for anybody or reason.
In a statement to mark the 2023 Easter celebration, the Secretary-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Okechukwu Isiguzoro said Igbos should fear not despite the orchestrated Igbophobic attacks in Lagos State.
According to Isiguzoro: “In the spirit of this Pascaltide, Ohanaeze Ndigbo felicitates with Ndigbo worldwide, wishing all the peace that comes with Christ’s glorious resurrection through the power of the risen Messiah.
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‘We urge Ndigbo to ‘fear not’ since He that is with us is greater than He that is against us. In this season of Igbophobic attacks in Lagos, long after the elections, Ndigbo shall not leave Lagos for anybody or any reason, regardless of the amount of threats of attacks and further arson, including the threat to seize/confiscate their houses from the Lagos traditional stool, especially by those who ought to protect them.
“We must remain strong, vigilant and resolute in line with the Igbo adage, “Oke anaghị eri ihe onye mụ anya.
‘In line with Igbo ethos, especially ‘Onye aghala nwanne ya,’ we urge Ndigbo in Lagos to be their brother’s keeper by not abandoning the Eze Igbo of Ajao Estate, Lagos, whose only offence was to speak ‘hoo!haa!’ by voicing out the frustrations his Igbo kith and kin were passing through in Lagos with their lives and businesses under continued and well-orchestrated attacks by terrorists.
‘How can our Igbo SANs, lawyers, and activists, especially the Olisa Agbakobas be calm while the man who carried their cross illegally stays on in detention without being released or charged to court?