June 17, 2024

We’re not opposed to Yoruba-Igbo dialogue, but Ndigbo’s investment in Lagos — IPoB

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By Chimaobi Nwaiwu, NNEWI

THE Indigenous People of Biafra, IPoB, has said that it is not opposed to any genuine dialogue between Ndigbo and Yoruba in Lagos State, or any South-West state, but is vehemently against and will oppose any dialogue that is intended to lure Ndigbo to continue investing in the hostile environment of Lagos.

The pro-Biafra group also told Ndigbo to beware of the kind of investments they make in Lagos State, saying that the state is no longer conducive for them to locate their important businesses.

IPiB in a statement by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful entitled, “Ndigbo should ignore every deceptive lobby to continue to invest in Lagos State.

It also urged them to be careful with agreeing with faceless groups calling them for dialogue concerning their business operations, saying that there is no need for further investment by Ndigbo in Lagos State, where their investments are not protected.

IPoB’s statement read, “The attention of the global family and movement of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPoB, ably led by our great leader, Mazi Nnamdi Okwuchukwu Kanu, has been drawn to the deceptive letter from a group of faceless Yoruba leaders and stakeholders calling on Igbo communities in Lagos State for a dialogue.

“Ndigbo must not fall into any deception to continue investments in Lagos State, where their investments are not protected. As much as IPoB does not oppose any genuine dialogue between the Yorubas and Ndigbo in Lagos State, IPoB will object to any dialogue that is intended to lure Ndigbo to continue investing in the hostile environment of Lagos State.

“Ndigbo have done all they can to belong to Nigeria, but Nigeria keep rejecting Ndigbo with exclusivity and ethnic bigotry policies. Ndigbo have lost millions of investments and lives in the Northern and Western regions of Nigeria.

“In the North, Ndigbo are always the victims of any religious and political riots during which Northerners destroy, loot, and burn down businesses and properties belonging to Ndigbo. Recently, in the Western Region particularly in Lagos State, Biafrans businesses and properties have been targeted by the criminals working in the name of Lagos State, we will no longer encourage our people to continue investing in Yoruba land.

“Lagos State is not Igboland. Lagos State Government has demolished properties and investment of Ndigbo. Many Igbo dominated markets in Lagos have either been demolished or burnt down and taken over by the Lagos State government. On the basis of the aforementioned, any Igbo person investing in the Northern and Western Regions of Nigeria needs DNA tests.

“IPoB calls on all Biafrans to stop investing in Yoruba land and Arewa land. All investments should be channeled to Biafran Land. Our people who invested in Biafra Land are doing well and are helping to create jobs for our youth. Biafrans have been an engine of growth in any society they find themselves.

“In all parts of the world where Ndigbo reside, they directly or indirectly contribute to the development of that area. It is in our DNA to build and develop in others states alongside our states, and we can not stop because it is our covenant with God Almighty (Chukwu Okike Abiama) to bring light wherever we go, but we must refrain from building in environments hostile to us.

“We have done enough of investing in the hostile regions of Nigeria where our investments are not secure. Let us take our investments to Igboland where our investments will be safe and protected.

“We want to ask where was this Yoruba group calling for dialogue when their Governor, Sanwo Olu and the Lagos House of Assembly promulgated a bigotry law that targeted Ndi Igbo’s businesses and properties in Lagos?
How many of Ndigbo were compensated after their businesses and properties were demolished?

“Ndigbo should go back home and invest and forget Yoruba land, particularly Lagos State, Irrespective of the State sponsored insecurity Fulani stooges called governors use to deter investments.Alaigbo is still more conducive and secure for investment compared to the enemy territories of the West and the North.

“Ndigbo should know that Nigerians dislikes the audacity and ambitious spirit of an Igbo person. Instead of learning and adapting to the doggedness of Ndigbo, many Nigerians envy us. The blessings of Chukwu Okike Abiama is the reason that Ndigbo are being targeted and visited with unwarranted envy, jealousy.

The same envy made that made a former Nigerian Finance Minister in the 1960s to promulgate an economic annihilation decree that led to Nigeria paying every rich Igbo person who had money in any nigerian bank twenty pounds(£20) irrespective of how much they had in any Nigerian bank after the Nigeria genocidal war against Biafra.

“Similarly, the same government promulgated abandoned property law against Ndigbo during that genocidal war with Igbo brothers in Port Harcourt and elsewhere to create enemity with brothers, uncles, and cousins. The abandoned property law gave other malicious Nigerians rights to ownership of houses and properties that belonged to Ndigbo after the genocidal war, even though Yorubas and the Northern Elders refused to implement abandoned properties policy against Ndigbo in their own lands.

“Any Igbo person who continues to invest in Lagos and in the North with the current state of events needs his brain examination. The West and North did not indulge in abandoned properties but decided to destroy Ndigbo’s investments and properties in their own regions.

“Returning your property and investments home is a signal to our willingness for Biafra freedom and sovereignty. Do not allow yourself to be a victim of abandoned property or disciminatory policies. Ndigbo must not fall into repetitive deception of the so-called “One Nigeria.” The ethnic sentiments displayed against Ndigbo because of Mr. Peter Obi’s presidential ambition can not be overstated. That should be an eye-opener to all.

“There are a lot of land in Igbo land and young and vibrant population to make businesses boom. Together, we can build our own Dubai and Japan of Africa in Biafra land.