Similar Scenario That Culminated To Last Civil War Playing Out In Lagos- Ohanaeze Ndigbo Warns
The Federal and Lagos State Governments have been urged to take proactive measures to end incessant harassment, intimidation and suppression of Ndigbo living in Lagos State
In a statement issued in Awka, the Vice President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Chief Damian Okeke-Ogene said Ndigbo have been pushed to the wall without any provocation and will take necessary measures to protect themselves from targeted attacks, harassment, abuses and threats.
Chief Okeke-Ogene recalled that similar scenario that culminated to last civil war has started playing out again without the Federal government and government of Lagos State saying nor doing anything to prevent further escalation that will lead to total breakdown of law and order. Chief Okeke-Ogene recalled that similar scenario that culminated to last civil war has started playing out again without the Federal government and government of Lagos State saying nor doing anything to prevent further escalation that will lead to total breakdown of law and order.
He disclosed that Ndigbo in Lagos and Rivers states suffered unprecedented attacks, intimidation and threats before, during and after the Presidential and National Assembly elections as well as Governorship and State Assembly elections and were not allowed to exercise their franchise while their sources of livelihood were destroyed resulting to colossal losses running into hundreds of billions of naira even when no Igbo man contested election in the states.
The Ohaneze Ndigbo Vice President noted that Ndigbo have been in the fore front of development of Lagos State and constitute the highest population of tax payers that drive the economy of the state while many of them are members of the All Progressives Congress APC.
Chief Okeke-Ogene reminded the masterminds of these attacks and intimidation that nobody has a monopoly of violence and noted that Ndigbo in Northern parts of Nigeria lived peacefully with their hosts throughout the elections and participated actively in the election processes without apprehension.
He urged Ndigbo to remain calm as leadership of Ohaneze Ndigbo is reaching out to the federal government, Lagos State government and Igbo elites on proactive measures to stop the situation from getting out of hand.