Igbo deportation: Stop attack on Yoruba, OSF warns

Against the background of the fall out of the alleged ‘deportation’ of some persons of Igbo extration and the comment of the former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode on the issue, the Oodua Solidarity Forum, OSF has warned all those disparaging Yoruba to keep their mouth shut and should not use the issue as political scaffolding to launch their ambition.

The National Coordinator of the group, Comrade Olajide Julius, said this in a press statement issued yesterday in Lagos, adding that despite all explanation by Fani-Kayode on his comments over the issue, some Igbo groups and individuals decided and have continued to make mountain out of a mole hill by avoiding the substance of the matter.

Julius pointed out that despite the unpalatable comment of former governor of Abia State, Orji Kalu, on the Yoruba, they are still accommodating and did not pick offence because “you will find an Igbo, Hausa or even a non- Nigerian with properties spread across Yoruba land without any problem.”

The group condemned in strong terms the pronouncement of the pan- Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohaneze, that “the Igbo constitute over 46 per cent of the population of Lagos State and that without them, the city will go to sleep,” saying that such reckless statement is not expected from such an organisation.

The statement read in part: “We view these statements and actions by the Igbo as an affront on the office of Oba of Lagos, the Olu of Ikeja, the Oba of Epe, the Oba of Ikorodu,Akran of Badagry and indeed all other monarchs across the state of Lagos.

“We have chosen to remain silent on these outbursts and threat of war by these Igbo groups and individuals before now, not because of fear or for having nothing to say, but because as Yoruba, we believe in watching events before making our judgment.”

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