Sanwo-Olu, Hope Uzodimma, Others, Meet Over Brewing Igbo-Yoruba Clash, Alaba Demolition

Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Hope Uzodimma, governors of Lagos and Imo States respectively, on Friday, in Lagos, met over the demolition of the Alaba International market.

The meeting it was learnt also had the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Benjamin Kalu in attendance.

Speaking after the meeting, Sanwo-Olu said the meeting was a successful one, adding that issues of common interest were discussed. Said Sanwo-Olu: “The meeting had gone on very successfully, where we discussed issues around a common interest, and especially issues around the demolition of Alaba Market.

“There has been a lot of wrong information and communication. Our conversation this afternoon has cleared the air and we have seen the need for further collaboration and where wrongs have been expressed, we corrected”.

The Lagos State Government had a few weeks ago begun the process of demolishing buildings considered distressed in the Alaba International Market in the Ojo Local Government Area of the state. The enforcement team of the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), and the Lagos State Task Force embarked on the joint exercise.

The demolition had drawn condemnations from the affected traders and some Igbo groups, who alleged they were being targeted due to the intrigues of the 2023 polls. It would be recalled that people of Igbo extraction was heavily targeted, and some even killed during the controversial presidential election that brought about the Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s presidency in Nigeria, which both the Labour Party  and the PDP have gone to the election tribunal to challenge.

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