Peace returns to Aswani market two years after
Aswani market leadership tussle may have come to an end after two years of unrest. Trouble began in the popular market in Isolo, Lagos, after Mr. Onyebuchi Adindu of the Curtain Union, elected in 2015 to pilot the affair of the market for a two-year period, refused to quit the position at the expiration of his tenure in 2017.
Speaking on his effort to restore peace to the market, Adebayo Akinloye Adebowale who was appointed the head of peace committee in February 2018 to harmonise various body in the market, said: “We were three unions that constituted the central body. Out of the three bodies, one fell aside and the other two decided to continue with the process, but today, we are all together and order has been restored. The purpose of setting up the Peace Committee has been achieved.”
“If it wasn’t achieved, we won’t have seen this meeting today which is as a result of the Peace Committee that brought the whole market together once again”.
Adebowale, who will be assisted by Patrick Chinezeye in this capacity, said, “I’m going to carry my people along and am going to seek their consent in anything am going to do. Moreover, the most important thing is that we are in an era of democracy. As a leader, you just have to listen to your people, know what they want, like and don’t like. So, as far as I am concerned, the kind of leadership I want is that I will listen to the people and whatever the people want is what I will do and I pray that God will give me the grace and wisdom to carry on”.
The first President of the market, Samuel Nwagbo, who was present at the meeting stated: “I took my people all the way from Oshodi to Aswani and we established in this Aswani, since then everything has boomed for all, and we’ve always have peaceful transition until the last one. But thank God, we have peace already, we don’t have any problem with anybody. The issue is lack of understanding from the other side. I want to use this opportunity to advise Mr. Bayo because most of the time, what kill market union is the people themselves; they have their own meetings at night, before you know it, it would destroy the meeting of the day that is what kills market. If we are not tribalistic, whether Yoruba or Igbo, carry everyone along, the body will move forward.