ENUGU – The umbrella Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has directed Igbo in living in Lagos to resist acts of intimidation and vote their conscience.
Condemning the threat by the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, Ohanaeze, in a statement by its President General, Chief Gary Enwo-Igariwey said; “We view this with serious concern especially coming from a first class traditional ruler in the country at a time when Nigerians are celebrating the peaceful conduct of the just concluded presidential and National Assembly elections.”‘
“As a people, Ndiigbo live in all parts of the country and have respect for the culture and traditions of their host communities, including Lagos. We therefore have respect for the ancient heritage of the throne the Oba of Lagos occupies.
“Lagos, by its special designation in the country, for over a century, has been home to all tribes from far and near. The Lagos we see today, is the product of the sweat of all Nigerians.
“Democracy is about free choice based on interests. It is the right of every Nigerian to exercise that freedom of choice freely given by the Nigerian constitution. It is therefore the responsibility of all political parties in the country to pursue programs that address the interests of the electorate from which they make their choice.