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Attacks in Lagos State, an injury to all, says Abia governor, Ikpeazu

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Okezie Ikpeazu


South-East, South-South indigenes restate commitment to state growth

Abia State Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has said that criminals who carried out attacks on public assets and private businesses in Lagos State during the EndSARS protests orchestrated them to hurt the nation.

The governor condemned the arson, stressing that Lagos remains a home for all Nigerians, irrespective of tribe, language or religion. The Abia governor, who spoke, yesterday, during his visit to Lagos State to commiserate with Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu over the attacks, particularly thanked his Lagos State counterpart for protecting the businesses and property owned by Igbo during the violence.

Ikpeazu said: “I am here to commiserate and show my concern to my brother, Governor of Lagos State, over the event that happened some two weeks ago. I am particularly touched by the level of destruction, which will hurt all Nigerians living in Lagos State. “I want to particularly thank Sanwo-Olu for giving protection to our brothers from the South-East during the crisis. This is an indication that our people and their businesses are safe in Lagos. We will continue to live as a united country. With all of us working together, we can keep flourishing.”

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He, therefore, urged Igbo living in Lagos to continue to abide by the laws of the state and eschew actions that may cause mistrust between them and members of their host-communities.

He said the political leaders had drawn a number of lessons from the recent youth protests against police brutality, saying that governors are now inclined to drive up inclusion in their policies and programmes.

Sanwo-Olu, in his reaction, thanked his Abia counterpart for taking the pain to travel down to Lagos to identify with residents of the state over the violence.

He promised that Lagos State government would continue to support business aspirations of the Igbo and protect their rights to live in Lagos.

Also, indigenes of South-East and South-South living in Lagos paid solidarity visit to Sanwo-Olu at the Lagos House, Alausa.

The Igbo leaders, led by the Governor’s Special Adviser on Drainage and Water Resources, Mr. Joe Igbokwe, restated their commitment to the growth of Lagos and aligned with the move to rebuild the destroyed assets.

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Igbokwe said a true Igbo son could not have been part of those who set fire on public assets, stressing that Igbo people are known as builders.

In the same vein, Leader of the South-South indigenes in Lagos, Otunba Isaac Emiyade, said he had never witnessed public protests in which public assets were destroyed at such level.

Emiyade, who praised Sanwo-Olu for promoting cohesion among all ethnic nationalities cohabiting in Lagos State, pledged that people of South-South region residing in the state would continue to support move to strengthen peace and progress of Lagos.

Responding, Sanwo-Olu said diversity remained the State’s strongest point, pointing out that the spirit of Lagos to host visitors and be a melting pot for all ethnic group had not been dampened, despite violence visited on the State.

“One of our strongest point is our diversity. We must not allow what happened to demoralise our spirit to undertake the responsibilities which the State has taken up. Lagos will continue to give everybody living here equal opportunity,” Sanwo-Olu said.

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