Igbos for a Progressive Nigeria, IPAN has expressed delighted with many law-abiding Igbos living in Lagos for listening to the call of IPAN not to participate in the “OccupyLekkiTollgate” unrest, called by a former presidential candidate of AAC, Omoyele Sowore, on 13th February, 2021.
In a release signed by the National President of IPAN, Comrade Lawrence Onuzulike and his South East Secretary of the Group, Comrade Michael Chibuzor, disclosed that there were no reports of clashes between Ndigbo and people from other tribes.
According to the release, “In fact, on the day of the planned chaos, “Igbos”, and not even the rogue organization, “IPOB”, trended on any of the popular social media platforms, especially Twitter.
“That was a good sign and it made Igbos in Lagos not to be seen as accomplices of those who seek to cause undue tension in the State and possibly the destruction of properties and businesses for a second time.
“IPAN notes the professional role played by the Lagos State Police Command particularly the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) in maintaining law and order at the Lekki Tollgate.
“Except for a few incidents of bad treatment of some detained protesters, the Police discharged their duties most creditably.
“IPAN also thanks to the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu for being proactive in defending the state from forces bent on crippling it as well as many Lagosians and other well-meaning citizens for standing up in unity and solidarity to defend Lagos from another round of destruction and violence.
“It is instructive that many of those who instigated the unrest were nowhere to be found at the supposed protest ground.
“This confirms our belief that they were merely using unsuspecting citizens as pawns in a grand plot to destabilize Lagos and the country at large.
“IPAN, therefore, appeals to Igbos to continue to support the organization and listen to IPAN more often as we work assiduously towards protecting the interests of Ndigbo in any part of the country and beyond.
“We call on Ndigbo once again to continue to live in peace and harmony with their hosts wherever they find themselves and remain law-abiding so that they can thrive and reap the fruits of the land wherein they reside.”