By our reporter| In apparent response to Monday’s disclosure by Hakeem Odumosu, Lagos commissioner of police, that the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) are planning to attack Lagos, the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohaneze Ndigbo on Thursday asked Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to ignore threats of attacks on the state.
The group while denying the allegations at a meeting with Sanwo-Olu at the Lagos government house on Thursday, said the “rumour” is intended to distract the governor from delivering good governance to the people.
According to George Obiozor, Ohanaeze president-general, Igbo people are not known for acts of violence.
“Today, the leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo worldwide, in the company of Igbo elders and leaders in Lagos, are here to pay you (Sanwo-Olu) a solidarity visit and to further reassure you that Ndigbo are not violent in nature, neither are we known for acts of violence anywhere we live,” Gboyega Akosile, chief press secretary to the governor, quoted Obiozor as saying.
“[On] the constant and periodic dangerous insinuations, rumour, gossip and callous statements that Ndigbo in Lagos or any part of Yorubaland contemplate or instigate violence in Lagos or any part of Yorubaland, we wish to state clearly that anywhere this dangerous rumour or statement is emanating from is aimed to cause division, crises and conflict amongst us.
“We think that this rumour is intended to distract the Lagos State Government from its efforts to provide good governance for all and cause disaffection between Ndigbo who live in Lagos and their host community, which is the second home of several Ndigbo.
“The quick denial of this rumour by members of IPOB and Yoruba groups in Lagos and across the south-west was a source of relief.
“The Igbo nation is renowned for being agents of development, not destruction. Ndigbo are builders and their contributions to the development of Lagos State are evident and exemplary.”
According to the statement, Sanwo-Olu in his response, said his administration will continue to secure the lives and property of residents in the state.