Igbo group in Lagos restates commitment to APC
AHEAD of the April 11 governorship election, the Association for the Defence of Igbo Interests in Lagos (ADIIL) has called on all Igbo people in the state to support the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and its governorship candidate, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode.
The group also dismissed the impression that the Igbo community are in conspiracy with the President Goodluck Jonathan-led government and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to impose an unpopular government in Lagos and fight the Yoruba for the possession of the state.
Reiterating the need for the Igbo community and other non Yoruba indigenes residing in the state, to support the APC and Ambode, Prof. Chris Nwokobia and Dr. Harris Chuma, Co-ordinator and Secretary of ADIIL, Co-ordinator and Secretary of ADIIL respectively, said in a statement yesterday that the ruling party has shown through actions and deeds that it understands what leadership is all about. ADIIL added that the APC has also made the state a destination for Nigerians of all hues, especially for Ndigbo when the Federal Government under PDP has abdicated its responsibility to the state.
Stating other reasons why the Igbo Community should by all means repay the ruling party through their votes, Nwokobia and Chuma said the APC government in Lagos has made the issue of security the number one agenda, which enabled Igbo businesses to thrive in the state.
According to ADIIL, “When kidnappers ravaged the South East, many Igbo people traveled to the village to bring their parents to Lagos. Today, Lagos is the safest state in Nigeria where Igbos sleep with both eyes closed and do their lawful businesses without molestation.”
ADIIL also said that the APC government led by Governor Babatunde Fashola fought Ebola to a standstill and effectively stopped the spread to other parts of Nigeria. “This led the United Nations to declare Nigeria Ebola free. It could have been worse if not because of this courageous intervention that led the way in curbing this deadly virus in Nigeria,” the said
Over than 500 Igbo are working in Lagos State Ministries and councils in various capacities, including the office of the Commissioner for Budget and Planning.
The Lagos APC government has fought for justice for Igbo in the state like Miss Uzoma Okere, who was assaulted, while the state government also funded the treatment of a popular actress, Ngozi Nwosu, OJB Jezreel, Prince Ifeanyi Dike and others, adding that the state government not only rehabilitated the family of the late human rights activist, Chima Ubani, it also gave the family a house and offered his children scholarship.
While they posited that Lagos remains the second home for Igbo people in Nigeria, the group adduced that the volume of investment and successes of the Igbo people in the state is second to none in the country.
Lagos remains the driver of the Nigerian economy and pulls its weakest links, which the Igbo need to thrive and excel and not the consumptive politics the PDP promotes, while the APC government in Lagos has remained a pacesetter for other states to copy in Nigeria.
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