Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, has asked Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Governor of Lagos State, to ignore threats of attacks on the state, describing it as a “rumour”.
George Obiozor, President-General of Ohanaeze, said this when he met with Governor Sanwo-Olu at the Lagos House, Marina, on Thursday.
Hakeem Odumosu, the Lagos Commissioner of Police, had on Monday said the command is investigating threats of attacks by the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Oodua Republic agitators on the state.
But Obiozor insisted that the Igbo people are not known for acts of violence, saying that the “rumour” is intended to distract the governor from delivering good governance to the people.
He also said such the purported threat is a plot “to cause division, crises and conflict” between the Yoruba and Igbo people.
“Today, the leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo worldwide, in the company of Igbo elders and leaders in Lagos, are here to pay you (Sanwo-Olu) 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,” Gboyega Akosile, the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, quoted Obiozor as saying in a statement.
“[On] the constant and periodic dangerous insinuations, rumour, gossip and callous statements that Ndigbo in Lagos or any part of Yorubaland contemplate or instigate violence in Lagos or any part of Yorubaland, we wish to state clearly that anywhere this dangerous rumour or statement is emanating from is aimed to cause division, crises and conflict amongst us.
“We think that this rumour 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 community, which is the second home of several Ndigbo.
“The quick denial of this rumour by members of IPOB and Yoruba groups in Lagos and across the South-West was a source of relief.
“The Igbo nation is renowned for being agents of development, not destruction. Ndigbo are builders and their contributions to the development of Lagos State are evident and exemplary.”
Responding, Governor Sanwo-Olu said his administration will continue to secure the lives and property of residents in the state.
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