Yoruba Youth Group Protest Against Igbos In Lagos

By KayCee June 11, 2015 23:01

A disturbing photo recently surfaced on the internet. The photo shows several people who seem to be in a procession holding banners and ‘warning’ Igbos about their conduct in Nigeria’s economic capital, Lagos.

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The banners had several inscriptions like; “Igbo people, respect our culture, our oba or we kick you out”, “Igbo stop attack on yoruba culture”, “Lagos (Eko) is not a no man’s land”, e.t.c

Obindingbo found out that the group behind the procession are called Pan-Yoruba National Alliance,(PAYNA). They warned non-indigenes in Lagos State especially the Igbo tribe to respect the culture of the Yoruba people. They also questioned why an Igbo group recently requested to be part of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode government.

The group is a coalition of youths from different groups such as  Oodua Nationalist Coalition, Oodua Peoples Congress and Liberation Movement.

The group leader, Araoye Akinwunmi, said, “This is a symbolic rally to warn against the assault on Yoruba heritage. We are sick of people who trample on our heritage even though they make their millions on our territory. The Yoruba will no longer accept the conscious attempt to turn us into slaves on our own land”.

Martins Adeleke, another leader in the group hinted that more processions will follow if according to him, non-indigenes refuse to respect the Yoruba’s culture and heritage.

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He said, “Our actions will be determined by the proportional response to our demand that if you are living in Rome, you must respect the Pope. If you are living in Yoruba land, you must show respect to our age-long values and our cherished heritage”.

There have been a subtle rivalry between both tribes, but it became pronounced a few days before the gubernatorial elections in Lagos State when the Oba of Lagos was recorded in a video threatening Igbo leaders in Lagos State over their voting pattern in the last general elections.

The Oba who summoned the Igbo leaders to his palace said, “On Saturday, if any one of you goes against Ambode who I picked, that is your end. If it doesn’t happen within seven days, just know that I am a bastard and its not my father who gave birth to me.

“By  the grace of God, I am the owner of Lagos for the time being. This is an undivided chair. The palace belongs to the dead and those coming in the future. On Saturday, if anyone of you, I swear in the name of God, goes against my wish that Ambode will be the next governor of Lagos state, the person is going to die inside this water.

“For the Igbos and others in Lagos, they should go where the Oba of Lagos heads to. When they were coming to the state, they didn’t come with all their houses. But now they have properties in the state. So they must do my bidding. And that is the bidding of the ancestors of Lagos and God.

“I am not ready to beg you. Nobody knew how I picked Ambode. Jimi is my blood relation and I told him that he can never be governor in Lagos for now. The future belongs to God. I am not begging anybody, but what you people cannot do in Onitsha, Aba or anywhere you can not do it here. If you do what I want, Lagos will continue to be prosperous for you, if you go against my wish, you will perish in the water”.

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The Oba’s words caused uproar in the media and even on the streets with many condemning him for his speech and others calling him to apologise for his careless statement, but the Oba refused to apologise.




By KayCee June 11, 2015 23:01