What is the pretence about, the issue here is that some politicians feel they cannot take or retain political power in Lagos without stirring up ethnic agitation and fears.

The APC for example, wants to unite the Yorubas around the candidacy of Sanwoolu. One wonders if Jimi Agbaje is not Yoruba.

It is sickening how some supposed intellectuals are trying to change the narrative.

There is no war in Lagos today between the Igbos and the Yorubas. What is happening is political.

I am completely at sea as to how the Igbos want to take over Lagos. Isn’t that a childish talk?

Take over in what sense exactly?

As citizens, we should not be giving the political class justification for their criminality. There is no war in Lagos State between the Igbos and the Yorubas.

Every four years, we hear this rather ridiculous narrative. Let’s face the issue. The Igbos in Lagos do not owe allegiance to any political party. The blackmail and intimidation is criminal and must stop.

We should stop politicising crimes. Criminal thugs went about burning and destroying election materials during the presidential and National Assembly elections in Lagos. How many of them have been arrested and prosecuted?

Why are we shying away from the truth?

In my home state, Akwa Ibom, the Igbos equally have relative leverage over the economy of the State. That is the Igbo spirit.

They are enterprising everywhere they go.

Should we criminalise and stignatise them for pursuing legitimate businesses? Are they not citizens of Nigeria? What does it mean to be a citizen of Nigeria?

If majority of the Igbos living in Lagos State have decided to vote in a certain way, it is within their constitutional right. Nobody has the power to dictate to them.

I am not aware that the Igbos are going about trespassing on the lands of Yorubas in Lagos. So what is the issue?

I repeat, this whole brouhaha is politics at its worst.

© Barr Inibehe Effiong

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