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May 7, 2024

‘Violation of citizens’ rights’ — Peter Obi berates ‘deportation’ of Osun indigenes from Lagos

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By Miftaudeen Raji

The presidential candidate of the Labour Party in the 2023 elections, Peter Obi, has condemned the alleged ‘deportation’ of Osun indigenes from Lagos State.

Recall that there were reports claiming that the Lagos State Government implemented the ‘deportation’ of Osun indigenes from the state. 

The report claimed that police officers picked them up from various parts of Ajah, TBS, and Lagos Island.

Reacting to the development in a statement via his verified X handle, Obi described the alleged ‘deportation’ as a “violation of citizens’ rights.”

Obi stated, “I am deeply saddened and shocked by the recent reports of the deportation of citizens mostly of Osun State origin by Lagos State authorities.

“This is not merely a concern for Osun State but for all Nigerians who uphold the principles of unity, fairness, and justice.

“I find this action very distasteful because of the far-reaching effects it will have on our National cohesion and development. As a pan-Nigerian advocate, I vehemently oppose any form of discrimination, injustice, or violation of our citizens’ rights.

“Every Nigerian, irrespective of their state of origin or place of residence, deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. Let us always remember that we are all Nigerians, united by a common destiny.

 

“And that it is our collective duty to uphold the values of unity, fairness, and justice, and to stand against any form of discrimination or injustice. Our constitution guarantees every Nigerian citizen the right to reside and find livelihood in any and every part of the federation.

“I implore all Nigerians to remain calm and vigilant as we await the outcome of the investigation. Meanwhile, the security agencies in Osun State are closely monitoring the situation to ensure the safety and well-being of the deported youths.

“Together, let us strive for a Nigeria where every citizen is accorded dignity and respect, regardless of their background or place of origin or residence. A new and different Nigeria is indeed possible! Let us strive towards it in unity.” he said.