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Tribal Attacks In Lagos: Why Fani-Kayode Should be Held Responsible — Ohanaeze

Tribal Attacks In Lagos: Why Fani-Kayode Should be Held Resp

The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide has stated that a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Femi Fani-Kayode should be held responsible for the attacks on Igbos in Lagos.

Igbos have reportedly been the victims of recent attacks since the presidential and National Assembly election on February 25.

Reacting to the recent destruction of the Akere spare parts market in the Apapa Ajegunle area of Lagos State where Igbos are known to trade, Ohanaeze via its National President, Mazi Okwu Nnabuike said people like Fani-Kayode are to blame for their inciting remarks.

Fani-Kayode previously criticised Labour Party gubernatorial candidate in Lagos, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour for his involvement in the EndSARS protest, saying the latter conspired with the Igbos to hand Lagos over to them.

“How can such a well brought up & distinguished young man be one of those that joined the mob to burn buses during the Endsars riots?

“How can he be one of those that turns his back on his own Yoruba people, hero worship secessionists like Ojukwu & conspire to hand over Lagos to the Igbo?

“Can any Igbo man do that for a Yoruba in the East?

“Is he aware of what the Yoruba were subjected to in parts of the east during the just concluded presidential election?", stated Fani-Kayode.

In a statement issued on Friday, Ohanaeze President Nnabuike said Fani-Kayode and others prepared the ground for the attack on the spare parts market and others before.

He added that the APC chieftain should be held liable for the attacks on Igbos in Lagos.

“Fani-Kayode and his ilks prepared the ground for the mayhem being unleashed on the Igbo people in Lagos.

“Apart from the market fire, many Igbo people have been attacked in different parts of Lagos.

“There are also reports of some Igbo traders being chased away from their shops.

“This is totally uncalled for, unacceptable and should end forthwith.

“Ndigbo have suffered enough injustice in this country and it should not be allowed to continue.

“It is incomprehensible that Fani-Kayode should brand the LP candidate as an IPOB apologist.

“What it means is that Fani-Kayode’s children from his estranged wife Chinwendu are all IPOB members.

“We know Fani-Kayode as a man without character; he says one thing in the morning and another in the afternoon, changes again in the night once food is dangled before him.

“However, he should let Ndigbo be and not drag us into his inconsistent personality.

“His claims of supporters of Tinubu being killed in the South-East during the presidential election is just one of those his moonlight tales and should be discountenanced.

“Both local and international observers were in the South-East during the polls and attested to the fact that the people of the South-East disappointed bookmakers, including Fani-Kayode who prepared the zone for a bloodbath.

“He is angry that Ndigbo came out to vote.

“Having said this, we urge the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government and Governor Sanwo-Olu to ensure the protection of Igbo people in Lagos.

“Nobody is above the law; this is why Fani-Kayode and his paymasters should be held responsible for all the atrocities against Ndigbo in Lagos.

“He must surely be held liable.

“Nobody, I repeat nobody can intimidate Ndigbo in this country; any other further attack on Igbos in Lagos will be resisted, no matter those behind the preparators.

“Ndigbo should go out on March 18 and cast their votes for the candidate of their choice.

“May we remind Fani-Kayode and his ethnic jingoists that a Fulani man from Sifawa in Sokoto Caliphate – Mallam Umaru Altine, in 1952, became elected as the first Mayor of the City of Enugu, the heartland and heartbeat of the Igbo Nation.

“He was in office till 1958.

“This goes on to show that the Igbo are never the problem of this country but are rather more accommodating than anyone else.

“We should not be pushed any further", the statement reads.

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