Apex Igbo Socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo worldwide, has vehemently denounced the blatant utilization of state machinery to target peaceful Igbo traders in Lagos State, without any prior notice or evaluation of their goods and products.
In a statement signed on Saturday by the factional Secretary General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, the group urged the Igbo in Lagos to bring their investment home.
“In light of these distressing events, Ndigbo must acknowledge that it is now time to gradually retreat and redirect their businesses back home.
Ohanaeze’s reaction was following the recently circulated online video depicting helpless Igbo traders at the Trinity spare parts market in Apapa, Lagos, on February 1, 2024, who were unable to salvage their goods and products while the demolition lasted.
The full statement read: “Ohanaeze Ndigbo is meticulously documenting the systematic demolition of Igbo-populated markets in Lagos State, closely observing the distinct pattern of these demolitions. “Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, the Secretary-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, calls upon President Tinubu and the Governor of Lagos State to urgently intervene and halt any future demolitions.
“The relentless targeting of Igbo traders and their businesses under the guise of development is unacceptable. Igbo traders, who have greatly contributed to the economic growth of Lagos, have the right to a safe and prosperous environment where their investments are protected.
“However, Ohanaeze Ndigbo implores Igbo traders to relocate the headquarters of their businesses to Igbo land to avoid further complications arising from future market demolitions. It is a prudent precautionary measure in light of the recent violations against the Igbo community’s economic interests in Lagos State.
“Ndigbo must take deliberate steps to develop Igbo land, ensuring the creation of sustainable and thriving markets that support the growth and prosperity of the Igbo people. “Ohanaeze Ndigbo strongly emphasizes the need for peaceful coexistence and unity among all ethnic groups in Nigeria.
“We must work together to eradicate discrimination and unequal treatment that hinders national progress. It is through mutual respect and understanding that we can build a strong and inclusive nation.
“We fervently urge President Tinubu and the Governor of Lagos State to demonstrate true leadership by intervening decisively to protect the rights and interests of all citizens, regardless of their ethnicity.
“Only by fostering a climate of justice and fairness can Nigeria truly thrive. May our call for justice and a halt to these demolitions be heard, ensuring a future where all Nigerians can coexist harmoniously and realize their shared aspirations. 2025.