The Council of Elders of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has decided to petition President Muhammadu Buhari over the profiling and attack on Igbos in Lagos which began during the 2023 elections.
The decision was made known in a communique sent following the Elders in Council Virtual Meeting held in Enugu and signed by the Chairman, Council of Elders, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, the Secretary-General, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Okey Emuchay, and others.
It was also disclosed that the group would send a protest letter to the National Assembly and other relevant agencies to share their thoughts on the occurrence in the region.
Ohanaeze stated that a delegation would be sent to Lagos to meet with leaders to foster a lasting, peaceful and cordial relationship between the Igbo and the Yoruba in Lagos.
“Amongst other terms of reference, the report must indicate: the number of Igbos killed, the number of Igbos injured and hospitalized, number of Igbos permanently incapacitated.
“The report shall include the comprehensive report of Igbo assets and property destroyed, including the burning of the market.
“These unpatriotic Nigerians destroyed properties belonging to the Igbo. For example, a whole market was burnt.
“The information available reveals that they are still threatening the lives of Igbos and their property in Lagos State”, the communique stated.
The attack on Igbos in Lagos took place after a viral video in which MC Oluomo is seen telling them to stay home if they won't vote for the All Progressives Congress (APC) became a trending topic on social media.
Following the attacks, many called for his arrest but the Lagos State Deputy Governor Obafemi Hamzat stated that he would do no such thing because he is neither a police officer nor a prosecutor.