Sheath Your Sword, We Are Brothers, IWU Tells The Yorubas
The Igbo World Union, IWU has condemned in a strong term the threats made some Yorubas against the Igbos as it affects the 2023 general election in Lagos State.
Recall that it was reported in some of the National Dailies that the All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Council (APC PCC) Director of Media and Publicity, Bayo Onanuga, had on Saturday night said that he owes nobody an apology for warning Lagos State residents from Southeast Nigeria or Igbo people never to interfere in the Lagos State politics.
He was also reported to had warned that 2023 should be the last time Igbo people in Lagos would interfere in the political process of the state, saying the state is not a federal capital territory but a Yoruba Land.
Also it was reported that hours after the governorship and house of assembly elections the Igbos were reportedly attacked in Abule Ado, near Festac Town in Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area of Lagos State, and in most parts of the state, though the police have countered.
Reacting to the development in an interview, he granted newsmen in Umuahia, Abia State capital, the IWU President General, His Imperial Majesty, Sir Mishak Nnanta, KJW, KSM, JP, the Gburugburu Ndigbo Dum reminded the Yorubas that a peaceful environment reminds a progressive one not minding the political affiliations, religion and tribe of the inhabitants of the area.
Nnanta who received a certificate of recognition by the Yoruba United Community, Abia State, as a “Peace Builder as a result of his efforts in preaching peace and reconciliation among the ethnic and religious groups in Nigeria, reiterated that he will continue to preach peace and national integration, equity, inclusiveness and justice in Nigeria.
Nnanta, who is also “Maje O Baje Ilu of Yoruba Community in Abia State passionately appealed to the Obas, Alaffins, Oonis, community leaders, parents and other major stakeholders to call their children to order and restore sanity in the land.
“We are brothers and we intermarry. We also do business together. Yorubas live in Igboland and also the Igbos live in Yoruba land. What we are preaching is peaceful coexistence because election will come and go and our marriages will last for ages. IWU religiously embraced the Yoruba communities in the entire Igbo speaking states and we also show them love. Presently a Yoruba man won an election in one of the Southeast States and also there are many Yorubas serving as Senior Special Advisers, Assistants to most of our Governors and Local Government Chairmen”, Nnanta pointed out.
Nnanta who is also the National Patron of the Police Community Relations Committee, PCRC Southeast and National Patron of Nigerian Hunter and Forest Security Service, NHFSS seized the opportunity to appreciate the efforts of the Security agencies which restored normalcy in Lagos State.
The IWU PG seized the opportunity to appreciate the efforts of Abia State Commissioner of Police, CP Mustapha Mohammed Bala which saw Abia registered its presence as one of the most peaceful states in the 2023 general election.
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