In a recent development, Mr. Bayo Onanuga, the spokesman for the Tinubu Presidential Campaign Council, issued a warning to Igbos living in Lagos following an altercation that occurred during the recent governorship election in the state. The statement has sparked a lot of controversy and raised concerns over ethnic tensions in the country.
Onanuga cautioned the Igbos to steer clear of Lagos politics and not to interfere in the city’s affairs in the future. He stated that such actions would not be tolerated in the upcoming 2027 elections. The statement has been widely criticized for being divisive and inciting violence.
Rejecting the popular expression that “Lagos is no man’s land,” Onanuga emphasized that Lagos, like any other Nigerian state, belongs to the Yoruba people. He advised people of Igbo origin to focus on their business activities and not interfere in the decision-making of the state government.
The statement has received widespread condemnation from various quarters, with many calling for an end to ethnic divisions in Nigerian politics. The Nigerian government has also condemned the statement and warned against making incendiary statements that could lead to violence.
The current situation has raised concerns over the possibility of future ethnic tensions in the country. However, Mr. Bayo Onanuga expressed hope that the ethnic tensions that arose during the 2023 election would not repeat themselves in the future history of Lagos. It remains to be seen how the situation will develop and whether measures will be taken to address the issue.
In conclusion, it is important for all stakeholders in Nigerian politics to promote unity and inclusivity rather than division and hostility. Only by working together can the country achieve its potential and overcome the challenges it faces.