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Oshodi Market Demolition: Lagos Igbo Leaders Call Ambode A Tribalist, Demand Compensation Of Traders

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Oshodi Market Demolition: Lagos Igbo Leaders Call Ambode A Tribalist, Demand Compensation Of Traders

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January 12, 2016 – Oshodi Market Demolition: Lagos Igbo Leaders Call Ambode A Tribalist, Demand Compensation Of Traders 

Ohanaeze Ndigbo has declared Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode as number one enemy of Ndigbo.

The development is sequel to the demolition of Oshodi market, which is believed to be largely occupied by Ndigbo on the first week of the New Year.

National President of the Ohanaeze Youth Council, OYC, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, made the declaration alongside the National Secretary, Okwu Nnabuike saying Ambode by his actions had drawn a battle line between himself and the entire Igbo land.

“It is instructive to observe here that contrary to all principles of common justice, the traders were merely given few days quit notice. It is equally shocking that the government chose such a wrong time for the demolition exercise, thereby not only taking the shops from them but making sure that their wares were looted.”

“We are forced to ask: could this be the starting point in implementing Oba of Lagos’s earlier threat during the election period that Ndigbo would be thrown into the Lagoon? Could it be another round of deportation of exercise, similar to what former governor Fashola did? These appear to be so considering that a witch cried in the night and a child died in the morning.”

“It is quite inhuman for people’s means of livelihood to be taken away from them in such a manner. The government’s claim that arms were recovered from a section of the market does not fly at all here because it cannot be a reason for such a wicked treatment purely targeted on a particular people.

“We demand that the Governor of Lagos State should direct relevant government agencies to adequately compensate these traders; anything short of that, Ndigbo will henceforth regard the Governor as their number one arch-enemy”.

The group further demanded for adequate compensation of the traders who had suffered great losses as a result of the demolition.

While describing the demolition as “an action done in bad faith”, the group wondered why the Lagos State Government should carry out such act at a time when it clearly knew that the owners of the shops were in their villages for the Christmas and the New Year festivities.

[Breaking Times]

15 Comments

15 Comments

  1. T

    January 12, 2016 at 3:58 AM

    Nawaa oooo, very soon the armed robbers would increase, did give them notice at all.

  2. Gerald Stephen

    January 12, 2016 at 4:12 AM

    What would it have cost them to atleast wait for them to return before demolition, pure wickedness, the rate of hatred among Nigerians is so alarming. Only God can save that country.

  3. JAMOON (GBS)

    January 12, 2016 at 5:43 AM

    Tanx @ Gerald, the level of injustice in that their country is too much thats y they never grow even their youths are in support of them.

  4. clemcie

    January 12, 2016 at 6:36 AM

    Simply put,,,Ndi Igbo,,,,go back 2 ur indigenous States,,,invest & develop them,,,,
    How long’ll u continue 2b foolish?,,this was one of d gre8 problems Late Ikemba had with u,,,!
    Let all the Igbos leave Lagos with their investments & contibutions,,,u’ll surely marvel at d Lagos u’ll see!,,,
    It annoys me so much,,,2 see my pipple behave unwisely,,,!

  5. Metu Nyetu

    January 12, 2016 at 8:00 AM

    One Nigeria!… One Nigeria! Yet the Igbos continue to suffer. Why on earth would I not support secesion? The Igbos are arogant; the Igbos are criminals: they have given Nigeria bad names. Therefore let them go so that u could at least have that good name you so much have yearned for. But u say no. And u continue to provoke dem to anger.

    • Olanrewaju

      January 12, 2016 at 4:23 PM

      Ur talking out of point,lagos state govt should at least give them a month ultimatum before taking any actions,afterall we’re one nation. Its just too bad

    • Concerned-Lagosian

      January 12, 2016 at 5:15 PM

      @Metu Nyetu,….. Talking ****** as usual… Go and get your facts right before you lay the blame on Lagos state goverment…. Read my post on the above subject and hear what the Lagos state Commissioner for information and Strategy(Ayorinde)said before jumping into conclusion!
      And please dont bring that ****** agitations to Naijagists … “****”!

  6. Concerned-Lagosian

    January 12, 2016 at 10:29 AM

    The Igbo leaders that claim that Ambode a tribalist should all go and bury their heads in shame.Those that made such careless conclusions are the real tribalist and Bigots!
    Its high time someone drummed this into the hears of some people of eastern origin;that Lagos has its laws and it is governed by those laws-hence Lagos is NOT a “A NO-MAN’S LAND”…as some illeterates would like to proclaim.The people from the Eastern region are always fund of castigating anyone that does not conform to their wishes.Lagos and the Yorubas have always been so welcoming to the Igbos….and the Alaba market is a good testimony to that statement. there is limit to human endurance hence it is pertinent for the Igbo traders to obey the laws of Lagos state….And according to what the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Steve Ayorinde; said this issue of quit notice has been known and being debated for the last ten years….

    According to Ayorinde, “the traders were adequately notified before the exercise took place as required by law, and that government engaged the leadership of the market repeatedly before carrying out the demolition exercise.
    Ayorinde said it was important for people to note that the issue of the market had been on for nothing less than 10 years, adding that government had been engaging the leadership of the market to make them realize that it could no longer continue in the manner the market was.
    According to him, the market became a den of robbers and that inside the market was a bunker that was stockpiled with arms. He said the state government moved in and took over the place following intelligence report that some people had set to carry out sinister actions from inside the market adding that some weapons were retrieved from the bunker before the demolition.
    Ayorinde argued that the leadership of the market, in the last three years, refused to move to the alternative Isopakodowo market not far away where there are over 600 shops, apart from K-clamps, which can conveniently accommodate all the traders. He added that to further assist the traders, the state government agreed to subsidize payment by giving shops in the new market at a monthly give-away price of N5,000 to each trader”
    The most important extract from the qoute above; is that part of reason the shops were demolished was that it became a den for robbers!

  7. sola olaniyi

    January 12, 2016 at 11:26 AM

    This is not cool at all

  8. Divine favour

    January 12, 2016 at 11:59 AM

    It must end in praises

  9. Danti

    January 12, 2016 at 12:31 PM

    I thought somebody said the demolition had been proposed 10 years ago! So where is the hatred? It was not an impromptu demolition, all those beautiful places in today’s Lagos used to be occupied by Yoruba folks, but during the time of Gbolahan Mudashiru(R.I.P) they had to go.

    • Concerned-Lagosian

      January 12, 2016 at 5:17 PM

      @Danti,
      May God/Allah bless you!thanks for stating the facts!

  10. Olanrewaju

    January 12, 2016 at 4:25 PM

    Lagos state govt should do something,this doesn’t speak well of dem at all,they should have at least giving them 1 or 2 months ultimatum

    • Concerned-Lagosian

      January 12, 2016 at 5:05 PM

      @Olanrewaju,
      Dont listen to these tribalist and ungrateful *****s!the issue of the market had been known/discussed for the ladt 10 year!

  11. Dan

    January 13, 2016 at 11:20 AM

    All me i know be say………..

    1. Not good to demolish without proper notice even using banners.

    BUT! I want somebody to direct to anywhere in igboland where Yoruba’s /westerners are welcome to trade freely. The Igbos are not accomodating but want to be everywhere.

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