Update: More anti Igbo Xenophobic Demonstrations flares up across Lagos New York[RR]Lagos– In line with the calls made by the Oba of Lagos, and also by the Xenophobic Doctor Ariyo in Dallas Texas, anti Igbo rallies and xenophobic demonstrations have spread across Lagos state. The demonstrations were well organized and carried out by Yoruba youths […]
Update: More anti Igbo Xenophobic Demonstrations flares up across Lagos
New York[RR]Lagos– In line with the calls made by the Oba of Lagos, and also by the Xenophobic Doctor Ariyo in Dallas Texas, anti Igbo rallies and xenophobic demonstrations have spread across Lagos state. The demonstrations were well organized and carried out by Yoruba youths perhaps supported and funded by others. The protesting youths passed out thousands of pamphlets warning that Yoruba patience is running out against Igbos.
The demonstrations took place at the entrance of EMZOR a major Igbo Business center at Isolo area of Lagos. Many of the speeches at the rally had economic undertones some warned that the Igbos are enslaving the Yoruba in their hometown of Lagos. Some of the placards at the rally suggest that the Igbos will be forced out of Lagos back to the East where they should build their own “Lagos”
Mrs. Funmilayo Okunola who represented the Oodua Women Renaissance was among the groups that tppk part in the demonstrations, she said, “We are going to stop their business in Lagos if the attack on Yoruba at home and abroad continues”. This was obviously a response to Igbo demonstrations in Dallas Texas United States against Yoruba doctor Ariyo who wrote on his Facebook page that the Igbos will be slaughtered in Lagos and Abuja just as they were being killed in South Africa.
These sad developments may do less to help APC Government in Lagos in cultivating better relations with Igbo Communities in Lagos and beyond. Between 1967 and 1970 Igbos and other ethnic groups in the east fought a bitter civil war imposed on them by the Nigerian state of which the Yoruba were instrumental in waging that war which sought to bring Igbos back to Nigeria. While Igbos are now part of Nigeria one wonders what our Yoruba brethren want the Igbos to do when they also fought and objected to the Igbo rights to self determination.
Nigerian youths must understand that Nigeria’s Constitution grants citizenship rights to all Nigerians to reside wherever they chose without fear or intimidation from others. The only path to economic well being of Nigerians is through acquisition of skills, education and pursuit of entrepreneurship and hard work. Every Nigerian has that constitutional right and freedom as guaranteed in the Nigerian constitution. A Yoruba in Lagos, or an Igbo in Port Harcourt or for that matter a Hausa or Fulani in Kano does not have any special discriminatory privileges against other Nigerian ethnic groups as long as Nigeria remains one country. Hopefully Nigerians would understand that tribalism or xenophobia has no basis in any modern state, the sooner all Nigerians understand that, the better it would be for the country.