Oshodi Market Demolition: Ndigbo Vs Ambode


Following the demolition of Oshodi market (which is believed to be largely occupied by Igbos) on the first week of the New Year, the Ohaneze Ndigbo, the apex socio-Igbo cultural organization has declared Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos state an enemy.

Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, the National President of the Ohanaeze Youth Council (OYC) made the declaration alongside Okwu Nnabuike, the national secretary on Monday, January 11, at a press briefing in Enugu, Daily Post reports.

Isiguzoro said Gov. Ambode has drawn a battle line between himself and the entire Igbo people by his actions.

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While describing the demolition as “an action done in bad faith”, Isiguzoro observed that contrary to all principles of common justice, the traders were merely given only a few days quit notice. He expressed shock that the Lagos state government decided to demolish Oshodi market at such a wrong time, making sure that not only their shops were taken from them but their wares were also looted.

Its a wonder why the Lagos state government would carry out the demolition at a time when it clearly knew that the shop owners were still in their villages for the Christmas and the New Year festivities.

Isiguzoro said:

“We are forced to ask: could this be the starting point in implementing Oba of Lagos’s earlier threat during the election period that Ndigbo would be thrown into the Lagoon? Could it be another round of deportation of exercise, similar to what former Governor Fashola did? These appear to be so considering that a witch cried in the night and a child died in the morning.

“It is quite inhuman for people’s means of livelihood to be taken away from them in such a manner. The government’s claim that arms were recovered from a section of the market does not fly at all here because it cannot be a reason for such a wicked treatment purely targeted on a particular people.”

The youth group insisted that the Lagos State government’s action at Oshodi market was a threat to the unity of the country and demanded adequate compensation for the traders who had suffered great losses in the demolition.

“We demand that the governor of Lagos State should direct relevant government agencies to adequately compensate these traders as anything short of that, Ndigbo will henceforth, consider Ambode, as their arch-enemy number one.”

Igbo traders have alleged victimization by the Lagos state government and this demolition has since raised reactions from different people in the state.

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