The apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has issued a statement regarding the violence which marred the presidential elections on Saturday.
Ohanaeze stated it has no issues whatever with its Yoruba hosts in Lagos State and those itching for a war between both tribes are mischief-makers.
This was the stance of the organisation which was buttressed on Wednesday by a spokesman of the organization, Solomon Aguene who said the Igbo community remained grateful to its Yoruba hosts and will do nothing to alter the mutually beneficial relationship between the two.
He continued: “The Igbos in Lagos are active contributors to the thriving Lagos economy through their individual and collective enterprise and industry helping to open up new economic and investment corridors in Lagos State.
“The Yorubas, on the other hand, have warmly welcomed and received the Igbos offering access to choice political and economic opportunities.
“To cement this very cordial relationship between the Igbos and the Yorubas, sons and daughters of Igboland over the years have been appointed or elected to enviable positions of leadership here in Lagos.”
He said though there were pockets of skirmishes during last Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly elections in some parts of the state, especially in Okota, they had nothing to do with the cordial relationship the Igbos have enjoyed over the years from their Yoruba host communities.
He implored the Igbo community in Lagos not to destroy the enduring relationship between them due to some mischievous elements.
“We, therefore, call on all citizens to remain law-abiding, and respecting constituted authorities, we urge them to go about their normal businesses while we iron out all the grey areas including the immediate and remote causes of the alleged breach of public peace and possible solutions to prevent reoccurrence,” he stressed.
He also called on all political actors and government authorities in the state to begin to take steps to address noticeable gaps and trust deficits leading to regular ethnic disharmony in Lagos.