2023 Elections: Igbo Group Demands End To Attacks On Lagos Kinsmen

The group said the law permits and guarantees freedom to vote for any party of choice.

Traders count their loss at the market on March 8, 2023

An Igbo social cultural group under the aegis of Anya-ndi-Igbo living in Lagos State has lamented the alleged profiling of Igbo people in the state which they say has political inclinations.

The group while speaking to Channels Television in Lagos, called on the state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu to stem the tide of attacks, alleged arson, and murder of its citizens.

The Chairman of the group’s Board of Trustees, Elder Uma Eleazu said, “Our kit-and-kin have been singled out and targeted for verbal abuses, intimidation, virulent propaganda, deliberate misrepresentation to Lagosians as everything evil, ferocious violent attacks, deliberate destruction of means of livelihood, arson and murder.

“A few markets built and operated by traders of Igbo descent have been set on fire in Lagos, the latest being the motor spare parts market in the slums of Ajegunle where at least one person was murdered.

“A similar event took place in the Isolo/Ikotun area of Lagos where the selective destruction of shops and merchandise owned by Igbo traders was said to have been supervised by the very respected Royal father of the community, the Baale. These, two incidents, are in the public domain and we have heard of no action from the state and local government.”

“Igbos are Nigerians. The law of the land permits the Igbo man to live in any part of the country he chooses and pursue a legitimate livelihood. The law of the land permits and guarantees freedom of association, freedom to belong to any political party or none at all, and freedom to vote for any party of choice,” he added.