As the race for the 18th March, 2023 elections hots up in Lagos, there is so much talk about how the Igbo people in Lagos have become emboldened enough to challenge the status-quo in Lagos, basing their claim on the age-long belief that Lagos is a No Man’s land. But the Yoruba population have come out to repudiate and day this claim saying the Lagos belong to the Awori. They have also been responding that the Yorubas are the owners of Lagos and that it is the decision to mag Lagos the capital of Lagos that made Lagos to witness an influx of non-indegenes.
But the Igbo have now come out to say that because of their investments in Lagos and their contributions to the growth and embraced the Igbo and gave them juicy appointments. Some became Commissioner. Some were made Special Assistants and the business men among them enjoyed the open door policy of his 8-term tenure in Lagos State.
This resulted in the Igbo buying up properties all over Lagos and taking over prime properties in prime locations across the 57 local government areas of the state, which explains how the Igbo have become big players in the real estate sector in Lekki/Ajah area. They have also become the owners of all the commercial shops and malls at all the major bus-stops and commercial intersections all over Lagos.
So much so that these days when you check the ownership of all the block of shops and properties at all the major developments of Lagos, they have a right to Vote and be Voted for. They don’t see any thing they have done wrong by some of them pitching their tent with the Labour Party and not the ruling party, APC.
There are also those who feel that the fact that the Igbo people in Lagos are challenging the Yoruba supremacy (through the APC) is because the leadership of Yoruba people in Lagos over the last 30 years have accomodated and empower the ever growing Igbo community in Lagos.
Some people have heaped the blame on 2nd Republic Governor in Lagos, Alhaji Lateef Jakande who encouraged the Igbo to own land and properties in Lagos. Some also blame Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the President-elect who when he was Governor openly commercial intersections in places like Ikeja, FESTAC, Alaba, LASU, Ipaja, Egbeda, Oshodi & Co. they are all owned by Igbo, took a deliberate decision to buy up Lagos for commercial use.
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