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The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has called on the Igbo living in Lagos State to remain calm as the development control in mega city carries out its physical development regulations.
This as the apex Igbo body described as fake publications trending on social media alleging a decision by the Lagos State Government to take actions to victimize the Igbo citizens domiciled in Lagos.
Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, expressed concern about the ongoing crises in Lagos and said he will travel to the South West state in the coming weeks to ensure a peaceful conclusion.
The Ohanaeze PG claimed that he had received assurances from reputable Igbo leaders in Lagos that there was no need for concern.
Nevertheless, he asked the Lagos State Environment and Development Authority to carry out their responsibilities with caution and the utmost attention.
A statement by National Publicity Secretary of the organisation, Dr. Alex Ogbonnia said the PG was very optimistic that during the visit, all the challenges confronting the Igbo in Lagos will be addressed.
Ogbonnia said: ‘Since the disturbing news broke out, we have made investigations in order to establish the true state of affairs. One of the reliable sources, Hon. Comrade Chinedu Ukatu, Member, Lagos State Market Advisory Council and President Ndigbo-Amaka Progressive Market Association, stated that “the Lagos State Environment and Development Authority has been issuing warnings as regards the obstruction of some waterways.’
Quoting Ukatu, he added: ‘All that happened at Alaba and the emergency visit by the state government officials were directly about those blocking the free flow of water through the provided water ways.’
Ukatu added that the directive is ‘not in any way related to plazas and shops on the markets or along the market road.’
Ukatu enjoined all and sundry to “disregard the statements and video messages trending on the Internet and admonished that such propaganda is not necessary for the Igbo at this time.”
Ogbonnia further said that another Alaba resident, Chief Ikechukwu Okolo stated: “The truth is that some structures were erected on waterways, thereby obstructing drainages and causing flooding, especially during the rainy seasons. According to Okolo, “the owners of the affected structures have since been notified, for months, but as we can see, each time the execution order was to be effected, corrupt Government officials would get compromised, and the flooding challenge continues, until this time.”
He also said that Chief Evaristus Ozonweke, an Ohanaeze chieftain resident in Lagos, equally validated the above position.