Argument over ownership of Lagos is very shameful – Bode George 

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A former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Bode George, has lampooned those arguing about the ownership of Lagos.

It all started on Sunday when the Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, visited the governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu and said, “It is in the history books that the Binis founded Lagos. When some people will hear it now, they will go haywire, what is the Oba saying there again?  But it is true. Go and check the records. Maybe not all over Lagos as we know it now but certain areas in Lagos, maybe the nucleus of Lagos, was founded by my ancestors. The Oba of Lagos will say so.”

The statement has sparked outrage on social media as notable personalities took to various platform to air their views.

Speaking on the matter, Chief Bode George in a statement, titled ‘Enough of this distraction’, said as a bonafide Lagosian, “it is not in our tradition to discriminate.”

It is disheartening, shameful, embarrassing, disgraceful and unpatriotic that at a time like this when Lagosians and Nigerians are going through economic hardship, some elders are infatuated with ownership of Lagos.

“What a distraction. What a disturbance. What a perturbation.

“It is shameful that at a time millions of Nigerians are going through anguish and extreme pain, some elders are flexing muscles on proprietorship of the Centre of Excellence.

“The question to ask is: What exactly is the intention of these agitators?

“The whole gamut of argument about the ownership of Lagos is not of any importance to patriotic Nigerians at this crucial time.

Obviously,  it is just  a diversionary issue. All these combatants and gladiators  should know that all efforts, at this trying time, should be geared at ensuring good governance,  how to tackle economic issues and  take  people out of poverty, how to put food on their table; how to get the people out of abject poverty they are into; how to  tackle the insecurity plaguing the country and how to deliver good healthcare to  Nigerians  whose lives are being cut short by lack of a good health care system.

Anything short of all these is a complete waste of time.

Pitiably, the ship of the nation is currently drifting, yet the issue of who is the rightful owner Lagos is what some people prefer to discuss.

“What a pity. As a bonafide Lagosian, I say without any sense of equivocation that Lagos has been, and would remain, a centre of commerce, which has allowed everybody to settle down here. It is not in our tradition to discriminate. People settle down from all over Nigeria and from the entire West African coast from time immemorial – a culture which has remained with Lagos and the city of Kano, the only two cities known for commerce in Nigeria.

People are presently angered, thus the rhetoric about who truly own Lagos has gained momentum but we know ourselves.

“No matter how twisted the narratives, Nigerians know the truth.

It is true the Bini were here in the earliest time, but it was temporary. It was not that they conquered Lagos like the colonial imperialists, as it is being bandied about.”

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Queen Ferry
Chinyere Treasure Ikechukwu also known as Queen Ferry, is a Nigerian business Executive, social media savvy Journalist and Content Editor with over seven years experience. She serves as the Vice-Chairman of Naijatraffic Limited. If Treasure is not researching/blogging, she will be making delicious delicacy.

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