The Igbo in Lagos have appealed to Lagos State government and the state Commissioner of Police,
Mr Kayode Aderanti, to put security measures in place to ensure the protection of their lives and property after the general elections.
The appeal came just as they demanded an apology from Oba Rilwan Akiolu of Lagos over his comment that the Igbo would perish in the Lagos lagoon, in seven days, if they did not vote for his choice governorship candidate in yesterday’s elections.
The Chairman, Ohaneze Ndigbo in Amuwo Odofin local government area, Chief Akalika Emmanuel, explained that the call for the protection of life and property became necessary to avoid unforeseen circumstances.
Acknowledging the intervention of the president elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, and opinion leaders from Igbo and Yoruba land, Emmanuel stated that the Igbo had sheathed their sword in demonstration of their love for Lagos State, as well as their maturity and willingness to be each other brothers’ keepers.
Nevertheless, he demanded that a documentary prove that such threat from Akiolu would not repeat itself be made available, adding that the property of Ndi -Igbo would not be unduly taxed nor demolished, no matter the direction of the victory of yesterday’s governorship election.
Continuing he said: “We also demand that our business premises and other matters of interest will not come under any form of intimidation now or in future”.