Demolitions in Lagos: Ohanaeze urges Igbos to relocate investments to S’East

Apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has called on Igbos resident in Lagos State to relocate their investments to Igbo land as their properties were being demolished in Lagos.

A press statement issued by its Secretary-General, Okechukwu Isiguzoro, described as unfortunate the situation faced by Igbos residents in Lagos due to the ongoing demolition exercises.

The group noted that Igbo land has vibrant commercial cities such as Aba, Abakiliki, and Onitsha which offer better alternatives to Ndigbo.

Ohanaeze Ndigbo encourages Igbos to seize this moment as an opportunity to reassess their investments and consider relocating them to the Eastern region. Our vibrant cities such as Aba, Abakiliki, and Onitsha offer immense potential for growth and development.

“By investing and building international markets in these areas, we can create prosperous economic hubs that will benefit not only the Igbo people but also contribute to the overall development of Nigeria”, the document stated.

The Ohanaeze called on all Igbo residents in Lagos to come together and support one another during the challenging period, ‘Together, we can navigate through these difficulties and forge a brighter future for ourselves and generations to come”.

“The recent events have prompted a reflection on the forewarnings issued by our legendary icon, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, regarding the potential consequences of Igbos investing in another man’s land and abandoning their homeland for Lagos, and flouting the Ojukwu’s warnings had led to huge loss of properties and investments”.

Ohanaeze Ndigbo firmly believes that in every adversity lies an opportunity for redress and growth. While we empathize with the affected Igbo residents, we acknowledge that their refusal to heed Ojukwu’s forewarnings has contributed to their current misfortunes. It is crucial to learn from these mistakes and take proactive measures to prevent re-occurrences in the future”.

The group however, reiterated its position that they will not engage in a confrontation with the Lagos State Governor, Sanwu-Olu, over the on-going demolition of properties owned by a majority of Igbo residents.

“We understand that the Lagos State government has legitimate reasons for carrying out these actions and that they are within the framework of legislation”.

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