The proposed EndSARS protest scheduled for February 13th at Lekki tollgate may have begun to suffer setbacks after Igbo indigenes in Lagos State have decided to pull out of the demonstration put together to express their displeasure over plans by the state’s Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Police Brutality and other related matters to allow the Lekki Concession Company (LCC) to repossess the facility.
On reasons for their actions, the Igbo indigenes argued that the planned protest spearheaded by presidential candidate of African Action Congress (AAC) in the 2019 general elections, Omoyele Sowore, was another attempt to start a fresh round of violence, destruction of properties and looting of businesses across the state.
The Igbo indigenes, in a statement signed president of a social cultural group, Igbos for A Progressive Nigeria (IPAN), Lawrence Onuzulike, directed Ndigbos to shun the planned protest, alleging that several businesses that were affected by the previous demonstration were yet to recover from the destruction.
Onuzulike, in the statement yesterday, urged Sowore to approach the court for redress on any issue of interest rather than disrupt the peace and harmony across the state with his demonstration, saying, Sowore must stop constituting a nuisance to the country and approach the courts instead if he is dissatisfied with the Panel’s decision.
He said: “IPAN most importantly calls on well-meaning Igbos residing in Lagos not to allow a failed politician as well as a fugitive controlling the thinking of his followers turn the Igbos against the Yoruba nation. Igbos in Lagos should not allow themselves to be used as tools to destroy a state that has always welcomed them and allowed them to thrive.
“We also call on Igbo artistes such as Peter Okoye (popularly known as Mr. P), Obianuju Catherine Udeh (popularly known as DJ Switch) and many others who are seemingly egging the people to embark on a misguided protest while safely away in their comfort zones to desist from this misadventure. Enough is enough! IPAN says no to lawlessness Igbo leaders should wake up and lend their voices to this call to avoid further damage to the image of Ndigbo in the eyes of other ethnic groups.
“IPAN also wishes to appeal to the security agencies to be proactive and protect the public infrastructure in Lagos from arson. We also call on the Lagos State government not to fold its arms and watch the state go through another round of coordinated destruction. Once bitten they say, twice shy”, he added.