Apex Igbo Socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has paid a courtesy visit to the Executive Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, at the Government House, Marina, Lagos on 13th May 2021.
The visit was targeted towards paying obeisance to the governor, as a means of reassurance of the none participation of Igbos in the proposed attack by the Indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB).
The media has been agog overnight, with the news of IPOB launching attacks on several parts of Lagos State.
Ohanaeze had however, made this visit to assuage the fears of the governor and to reiterate that Igbos are non-violent in nature.
Igbos has been instruments of National development and building, they said.
Their statement read:
OHANAEZE NDIGBO VIOLENCE IN ANY PART OF LAGOS STATE IS VIOLENCE ON ALL OF US.
An address by Ambassador Professor George Obiozor (President General Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide) during a
courtesy visit to the Governor of Lagos, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, at the Government House, Marina, Lagos on 13th May 2021.
We thank you most sincerely for the honour of this emergency visit which you have graciously granted us in spite of the short notice of our request for an audience with you.
We must first commend you for the exemplary leadership you exhibited at the peak of Covid-19 Pandemic that ravaged the country, most especially Lagos state, and the demonstrable
success that you recorded, in both controlling and restricting the spread, with your quick response.
This went a long way to save lives in Lagos state and beyond.
More so, I commend you most
sincerely for the freshness you have brought to governance together with humility and a rare sense of focus.
Today, the leadership of Ohanaeze
Ndigbo Worldwide, in the company of Igbo Elders and Leaders in Lagos, are here to pay you a solidarity visit and to further reassure you that Ndigbo are not violent in nature, neither are we known for acts of violence anywhere we live in any part of the country and the world at large.
Your Excellency, I read with great Concern, the news that members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) are planning to unleash violence in some parts of Lagos State.
Ndigbo as law abiding citizens of the State have special interest in the peace and tranquility of Lagos State, and it will be in no where in their interest to contemplate any acts of violence in Lagos State.
It is evident that Lagos has a high
concentration of Igbo population and investments which makes it highly improbable that they should resort to or support acts of violence in Lagos, which is the second home of several Ndigbo.
The quick denial of this rumor by
members of IPOB and Yoruba groups in Lagos and across the South West was a source of relief.
I am aware that the Government and good people of Lagos State under your able leadership, and through their hospitable gestures, have continually kept the trust and friendship between Ndigbo and our host communities in Lagos State alive.
Ndigbo cannot indulge in any act that will harm this harmonious peace and cordial relationship.
We think that this rumor is intended to distract the Lagos State Government from its efforts to provide good governance for all and cause disaffection between Ndigbo who live in Lagos and their host Communities.
Your Excellency, Ohanaeze Ndigbo through this medium, reiterates total support to the state Government and the security agencies in their patriotic efforts to keep everyone safe in Lagos and throughout the country.
The Igbo nation is renowned for being agents of development, not destruction. Ndigbo are builders, and their contributions to the development of Lagos State is evident and exemplary.
Your Excellency once again thank you most sincerely for welcoming our Delegation.
Your Excellency, the constant and
periodic dangerous insinuations,
rumors, gossips and callous statements that Ndigbo in Lagos or any part of Yoruba land contemplate or instigate violence in Lagos or any part of Yoruba land; we wish to state clearly that anywhere this dangerous rumors or statements is emanating from is aimed to cause division, crises
and conflict amongst us.
As implied earlier, Divide and Rule
tactics were used to divide us in the past, now we know better both
Ndigbo and Yoruba leaders, ‘’never
again’’ will Ndigbo be victims of
circumstances they did not create nor can they control alone.
As history of Nigeria in general, Lagos and Yoruba land in particular can bear Witness: Ndigbo are nation builders not violent people.
Thank you for your kind audience.