By DAUD OLATUNJI
ABEOKUTA-The Igbo traders in Ogun State whose shops were demolished by officials of the state government for expansion of roads have appealed to the state governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun to ensure fairness and justice in allocation of new shops.
The President-General, Igbo community Assembly in the state, Chief Anigwe Osita-Martins stated this, weekend, during 2013 Igbo Cultural day celebration held Abeokuta.
Osita-Martins stated that, the affected traders under the Nzuko Ndi Igbo in the state have written governor Amosun over their plight and had appealed to him to consider them after the completion of the new shops being built by the government across the state.
According to the President, governor Amosun should be commended for his unprecedented urban renewal programme which will help the economy in the state to grow.
“Amosun’s footprints in the sand of rebuilding Ogun State is indelible for everybody, even a blind man can see or feel.
“May I use this opportunity to once more remind you Sir, of our earlier letter praying your Excellency to ensure fairness when these shops being constructed will be allocated, so that our Igbo son and daughters wose business premises were destroyed in the cause of the unprecedented urban rebuilding project in Ogun state will be accommodated.
“We pledge to be law abiding and always pay our taxes and levies as at when due”, he said.
However, Governor of Abia state, Chief Theodore Orji who was represented by his Special Adviser on Interstate Relations, Chief Isaac Ogbonna spoke on the theme ” peaceful co-existence through cultural interaction.
According to him, we must see ourselves as Nigeria regardless of our ethnic differences, our culture and language may be different but, the message is simple,easy and one, unity.
” we must love ourselves and be our brothers’ keepers, we should not allow our religion or ethnic difference to divide us. Igbo, Yoruba and Hausa are all Nigeria, so, we must not see ourselves as enemies”, he said.
In her remarks, the commissioner for Culture and tourism, Mrs. Yewande Amusan who was represented by an officer in the ministry, Mrs. Mustapha Toy in lauded the initiative saying, it is capable of uniting everybody.
Amusan urged the Igbo Community in the state to embrace culture and not abandoned it for foreign culture so as to prevent it from going into extinction.
She said ” there is nothing different between Yoruba and Igbo masquerade. Our culture does not permit nudity, let us advise our children against exposing their nakedness.