Ohanaeze Ndigbo’s leadership in Lagos has refuted rumours that the Igbo are under attack in the state.
In the meantime, the Labour Party, LP, has demanded that President Muhammadu Buhari declare a state of emergency in the state due to alleged attacks on some residents of the state from the South-East who were attempting to register for their Permanent Voter Cards, PVC. The alleged attackers were believed to be political thugs.
Recall that on Thursday there was an outrage over reports of thugs beating Igbo merchants who closed their stores to register for PVC.
Videos that went viral revealed that while the registration exercise was in progress, thugs armed with machetes, sticks, and clubs invaded the location to disrupt the process and attempt to steal INEC machines, but were repelled by the traders.
Chief Solomon Aguene, the president of Ohanaeze Ndigbo in Lagos, stated that the rumours were false.
He stated that contrary to social media assertions, there is no threat to the Igbo’s tranquilly in Lagos.
According to him, “nothing compares to that. The difficulty originating from the collection of voter’s cards appears to have been the source of the rumour.” Aguene pleaded with Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to intervene so that the Igbo in Ojo, Ikotun, and other Lagos suburbs may obtain their cards without difficulty at INEC registration centres.
In the meantime, the LP’s Publicity Secretary, Abayomi Arabambi, questioned why the Igbo, who were primarily business owners in the popular Alaba market, could become victims of “electoral terrorism.”
Arabambi stated that the purported attack on the Igbo in Lagos, the home of the APC’s presidential candidate, did not reflect Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s desire to bring Nigerians together.
The LP spokesperson asserted that the violent attack provided additional support for the APC government’s ambition to partition Nigeria along tribal lines.
He urged the security authorities to intervene swiftly to prevent a breakdown of law and order in the highly populated Igbo parts of the state.