Ohanaeze Ndigbo in Lagos has condemned the misinformation and disinformation being circulated on social media by mischief makers to set the Yoruba against Ndigbo in Lagos and elsewhere in the country.
Ohanaeze hereby directs all Ndigbo in Lagos who have joined the #EndSARS protest to leave the streets immediately.
Those who do not wish Igbo well have insinuated that Ndigbo were the ones who burned down Yoruba assets in Lagos, but that is a lie from the pit of hell. Even the soldier who led troops to kill protesters in Lekki has been branded Igbo! But the truth is that only a small number of Igbo most of whom were born Lagosians have participated in the #EndSARS protests in Lagos or the Southwest. They don’t even know the assets belonging to Tinubu or any another Yoruba. The truth is that Nigerian youth are angry — and they are jobless and hungry — and are expressing their grievance in the streets.
It is the same manner the first military coup was called “Igbo coup” just to annihilate our people.
Ohanaeze Ndigbo enjoins Bola Tinubu and the Yoruba nation not to listen to evil people masquerading as Igbo to set brother against brother once again. The ongoing protests, as we all know, are beyond SARS. Even Nobel laureate Woke Soyinka said as much in a statement on Tuesday.
We call on security agents to protect the property of all Nigerians nationwide. Nothing good is achieved by destruction. The protesters are equally advised to keep off the streets to avoid collateral damage. Meanwhile, we urge President Muhamnadu Buhari to take charge of his government and restore law and order in the country. A sincere dialogue with the protesters is necessary now.
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Endsars: “Alleged destruction of Yoruba economic assets”, the Ohanaeze position.
The attention of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex socio- cultural and Political body of Ndigbo Worldwide has been drawn to a press statement issued by a Pan Yoruba Group, the Apapo O’Odua Koya ( AOKOYA) on the on-going youth uprising in Nigeria particularly in Lagos as it relates to Ndigbo youths.
We find the statement disheartening not necessarily because of the untruth in its sentiment but that it’s obviously being engineered and targeted at the age long good relationship between the Igbo and the Yoruba.
Ohanaeze strongly believes that the press statement is craftily drafted showing a skillful use of underhand tactics to achieve a set goal which in this case is to set Yoruba against Ndigbo.
We are ready to vehemently resist this in our time knowing the historical affinity of these two great ethnic groups dating back to the days of Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe through to the famous hand shake across the Niger propagated by our iconic leader Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu- Ojukwu.
This spontaneous relationship built by our forefathers over the years has been strengthened in the last three years by the political emancipation movement, being propelled by the Southern And Middle Belt leadership Forum ( SMBLF) made up of four ethno- political bodies of Ndigbo, in the South East, Afenifere in the South West, PANDEF in the South South and the Middle Belt Forum in the North Central Nigeria.
Ohanaeze feels based on intelligence available to it that the motive of this disturbing statement is not only to over take the mileage covered by this group in setting their people free from the hegemonic bondage but to ensure its destruction.
Ndigbo are focused and unequivocal about what they want in a contemporary Nigeria as already articulated in the terms of engagement of this group which is to restructure Nigeria for a true federal system where Justice and equity will reign.
We therefore wish to refute any position being ascribed to Ndigbo even if such position is being adduced by an Igbo that is not within the realm of the struggle to free Nigeria as encapsulated in the terms of agreement of this ethnic nationalities.
Ohanaeze will therefore wish to urge the Yoruba and indeed the rest of Nigeria to disregard any outburst from anybody as coming from Ndigbo that is not as succinctly captured in the terms of agreement of the ethnic nationalities.
It’s therefore against this backdrop that Ohanaeze Ndigbo wishes to vehemently deny the allegation of Igbo youth involvement in Lagos #Endsars protest as part of a grand design to destroy Yoruba economy.
For the obvious reason of having most of their businesses scattered all over the country particularly in Lagos, knocks out the thinking of an Igbo setting out to destroy another person’s economy. Only a fool living in a glass house uses stone to settle scores.
Already, as it had always been during every crisis in Nigeria, Igbo businesses are target as happened last Tuesday in Abuja when car depots, belonging to Igbos was set ablaze by hoodlums.
Ohanaeze believes and empirically too that Ndigbo youths underlying reasons for getting involved in the on-going #Endsars protests is not anything different from the reasons of other youths in Nigeria which borders on aggravated neglect of Nigeria youths due to poor governance rooted in dubious political structure.
We therefore wish to urge the Yoruba ethnic group to disregard the position being pushed by the AOKOYA because it’s not based on facts and reality on ground.
Finally, we wish to state that Ohanaeze is also outraged by the vituperative and inciting outrage of the leader of IPOB on the #ENDSARS activities in Lagos and disassociate the body completely from them.
Chief John Nnia Nwodo
President General, Ohanaeze Ndigbo.
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