Igbo residents in Lagos State have appealed to the state government and the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Kayode Aderanti, to ensure that security measures are put in place for the protection of their lives and property after Saturday’s elections.
They also demanded an unreserved apology from Oba Rilwan Akiolu of Lagos over his comment that the Igbo would within seven days perish in the Lagos lagoon, if they failed to vote for the APC governorship candidate, Akiolu Ambode, in Saturday’s elections.
Chief Akalika Emmanuel, Chairman, Ohaneze Ndigbo in Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area, while speaking on the security of the Igbo in the state said that the call for their protection as well as their property was imperative just to avoid unforeseen circumstances.
The chairman, however, commended the intervention of the President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, and opinion leaders from Igbo and Yoruba land, affirming that the Igbo had left behind them the offensive comment of the Oba due to their love for Lagos State.
He further cautioned against any form of victimization of Igbo residents in the state, saying, “We also demand that our business premises and other matters of interest will not come under any form of intimidation now or in future”.
Meanwhile, the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, yesterday organised a prayer session for peaceful co-existence in Lagos and Nigeria in general.
The prayer was conducted at the Iga Idunganran Palace of the royal father on Lagos Island.
Akiolu said that the prayer was imperative to peaceful co-existence in Lagos and Nigeria in general, after peaceful conduct of the general elections in the state.
He urged different tribes in Lagos to work for the progress of the state.
The royal father urged the president-elect, retired Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari to assist Lagos in repairing most of the damaged federal roads in the state.
Akiolu, who spoke in Yoruba language, said that when Buhari came to his palace during the campaign period, he was three hours behind schedule.
He said that Buhari complained of bad roads and he told him that when he becomes the president he should help the state to reconstruct the road.
The Oba said he was sure that God would give him the power to do it.
Akiolu urged the incoming Governor of Lagos, to do what he promised the people.
The prayer was conducted by Imam Mujitabah Giwa, the Alawiye of Lagos and his league of Imams.
Giwa prayed for peaceful coexistence in Lagos and also for political leaders in the country.
Some traditional rulers in Lagos as well as white cap chiefs were present at the prayer session.
Chief Rasak Okoya, Chairman of Eleganza Group was also among some dignitaries present.