Alaba Demolition: Sanwo-Olu, Uzodinma Set Up Panel To Douse Tension

Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State, as well as his Lagos State counterpart, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, have set up a committee to strengthen the relationship between the Igbo and Yoruba in the South-West State.

Information Nigeria reports that the decision to set up the peace panel stems from the result of a meeting both governors had on Friday.

Oguwike Nwachuku, chief press secretary to Uzodimma, in a statement on Saturday said while his principal represented the five south-eastern States, Sanwo-Olu represented his own state.

He said the aim of setting up the committee “is to settle and douse the increasing tension between the two vibrant groups.”

“It was further agreed that compensation will be paid for any wrong demolition in Alaba International market, while taxes, rates and demand notice levied on Igbo real estate developers will be reviewed to ensure they are not outrageously prohibitive, punitive and seemingly targeted at them.

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“It was agreed that proper channels of communication and more robust engagement with organised Igbo leadership in Lagos as was the case during the tenures of Governors Tinubu, Fashola and Ambode, which engendered massive Igbo support for them,” Nwachukwu said.

The communique acknowledged that Igbos have nothing against President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Governor Sanwo-Olu and would continue to support them.

The misunderstanding between the two ethnic groups peaked in the build-up to the just concluded general election.

The recent demolition of shops at Alaba International market was also said to have been targeted at businesses owned and operated by the Igbo in Lagos.