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EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu, Afenifere , OPC, Others Urges Lagosians To Disregard Ethnic Divisive Threats By Anybody

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Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos state and other Yoruba Leaders, have advised Lagosians to disregard inciting videos on social media meant to create tension and encourage ethnic conflicts in the state.

This was sequel to a viral video where Leader of a so-called Young Yoruba for Freedom, Adeyinka Grandson, who currently resides abroad, urges all Igbo to leave Lagos  or face dire consequences.

He warned, “We are giving you (Igbo) 48 hour ultimatum from Friday till Sunday October 25, to leave Yoruba land. From Monday, we will close all roads and stop all vehicles across Yoruba land, and all Igbo nationals would be dealt with accordingly”.

The governor who said the videos were the tools of anarchists, whose plan is to create hatred and divisiveness wondered why some people are bent on a mission to destroy the state by pitching people against one another.

“Inciting videos of this nature are not what our land needs now, following the loss of lives and destruction that fake news, misinformation and unfounded rumours have triggered in our dear state in the last couple of days.”
The government therefore appealed to Lagosians to disregard the calls of ethnic and religious jingoists as well as agents of destruction who are on a mission to destroy the state by pitching us against one another for yet to be ascertained reasons.

The  National leader of the Afenifere, Chief Reuben Fasoranti and President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, in a joint statement,  also deplored comments to incite indigenes of the regions against each other, stressing that they would resist such attempts.

The statement titled ‘#EndSARS: Afenifere And Ohanaeze Say No To Willful Destruction’, stated: “The leaders of Afenifere and Ohanaeze jointly commiserate with all the families who lost dear ones in the Tuesday bloody encounter in Lekki, Lagos.

“The blood of these young ones will pursue their killers and those who ordered them to the gate of justice. One fallout of the Lekki gunshots was the looting and burning spree all over the city. We do not endorse arson as responsible organisations and we call for a stop of the orgies,” the groups stated.

They added: “We have also noted the divisive attempt to use the violence to put a wedge between Yoruba and Igbo, and destroy the new understanding we have built in the last three years.

“We reject this devilish attempt and ask the police to investigate and arraign suspected perpetrators responsible for the violence. The essence of law and order is for individual citizens to answer for their actions. It is where law enforcement is weak that you begin to cast ethnic slur when crimes are committed instead of holding the perpetrators.”

Also speaking, the   National Public Relations Officer (PRO) of Oodua People’s Congress  (OPC) New Era, Comrade Sina Akinpelu, said: “The man speaking does not know what is saying, and we don’t know him as part of us in the South West. He never contributed anything to South West development except social media attacks.

“We won’t fight. Very soon, the Yoruba will liberate themselves with a referendum.  We are not ready to attack any individual or personality or nationality. We won’t attack anyone.  What he said is zero.”

Lending his voice to this issue, former Aviation Minister, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode says those directing Igbo people to quit Lagos are saying rubbish.

Fani-Kayode said, “Anyone that tells the Igbo or members of any other tribe to leave Lagos or anywhere else in the South West and that threatens them with violence is talking rubbish and is on their own.

“I call on my Igbo brothers in Lagos and the South West to stand their ground, stand firm and stay where they are.

“The sons of Oduduwa will stand by you. The South West is safe for all non-indegenes.

“We are a peaceful, loving, liberal, kind and accommodating people. We are not animals and thugs.”

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