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Stop Playing Politics With Relocation Of Destitute —Igbokwe  print

Published on August 1, 2013 by   ·   20 Comments

An Igbo leader in Lagos, Mr. Joe Igbokwe has warned critics not to play politics with the recent relocation of some Igbo destitute from Lagos by the state government.

Igbokwe, at a news conference on Wednesday in Lagos, Southwest Nigeria, said the truth of the matter was that Lagos had said it would not accept a situation where people entered buses from some parts of Nigeria to come to beg and sleep under the bridges at night in the state.

He stated that some of the destitute who were women at one point or the order had been raped while under the bridges and some of them were being recruited into armed robbery to terrorise innocent people, while some of them had been used for ritual purposes.

“The so-called Onitsha deportation is not the first time this has been done. Lagos has taken destitute to Oyo, Osun and some states in the North in the past. Lagos has gone to Akwa Ibom recently and picked her destitute too.

“Before moving these destitute to Onitsha, Lagos State Government wrote to Anambra State Government on the matter and there was no reply until the state decided to move them to Onitsha. Now, the political jobbers call this deportation,” he said.

According to him, “Lagos does not deport people. Lagos is the home of all Nigerians. But Lagos frowns at people who come here to become a threat to security of life and property. It borders on security issues.”

He stated that millions of Ndigbos are stakeholders in Lagos and control commerce in the state, while at least 80 percent of Easterners made their fortune in Lagos without being deported.

Igbokwe pointed out that the state does not indulge in irresponsible, dishonest and unquestionable activities, saying that the decision was taken in the overall interest of Lagosians, as it was all about security.

Igbokwe, who is also the Publicity Secretary, Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN,  now APC, stated that Lagos was the only state in the country where almost every graduate headed to after graduation, adding that the government of Lagos was not tribalistic in any way.

“The governor of Lagos State is a detribalized Nigerian, who is level-headed, disciplined and lettered. He does not engage in meaningless and frivolous things. He knows that all ethnic nationalities drive the economy of Lagos. He cannot toy with the destiny of Lagos,” he said.

According to Igbokwe, as 2015 was fast approaching, opportunists and ethnic chance takers had been taking advantage of the so-called deportation to score cheap political points, saying it would never happen.

“We have set the record straight, Boko Haram is a security challenge in Lagos as well as the whole of Nigeria. People say Lagos is the safest state in Nigeria. Lagos has achieved this as a result of conscious pro-active action taking hard, drastic and tough decisions, within the rules of engagements and rules of law to get things done,” he added.

—Kazeem Ugbodaga

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20 Comments for “Stop Playing Politics With Relocation Of Destitute —Igbokwe”

  1. Sizzler

    Mr Igbokwe, through to your words, we now know who is against us. No wonder you’re village home is desolate. I know your antics very well. when time comes and if you continue to play to the galary, we will make it known to you, your very sins from the village.

  2. wasaka

    ESAU
    this Nnewi born esau has sold his linage for a plate of porridge, and you hope to bring your apc to Igboland. We are waiting for you. you have opened an express entry to Igboland, wishing you good luck. We must all condem evil. Fashola is heartless, and is suppose to be learned, when is a citizen deported within his own country, ethnic cleansen is slowly creeping in.
    Nwanna Sakwaa anya

  3. wasaka

    ESAU
    this Nnewi born esau has sold his linage for a plate of porridge, and you hope to bring your apc to Igboland. We are waiting for you. you have opened an express entry to Igboland, wishing you good luck. We must all condem evil. Fashola is heartless, and is suppose to be learned, when is a citizen deported within his own country, ethnic cleansen is slowly creeping in.
    Nwanna Sakwaa anya. Now they have caused confusion at ladipo market and now are hijacking the sweat of Igbo men, and this our efulefu is opening his mouth wide in defence

  4. Bobby

    This man Joe Igbokwe is an outcast. I ask him, how many “miscreants and beggers” from other south west states has Fashola ever deported? This is tribal and racial profiling that he Fashola is practising. It will backfire generally on APC/ACN as no sane igbo man will cast a single vote for a party that send its spokesman to defend this undefendable.

  5. They think sweet tongue can deceiv us. Let them open their mouth you wil see the dirty mounds in it. A beautiful mask can not deceiv us dat de person covring is beautiful. Confused felow u ar ugly. Up nigeria, down tribalism.

  6. Iroanya charles

    Joe Igbokwe you will never feel well in your life,you are horrible. I fell disgusted to be an Igboman with you.Amadioha Ndigbo, ofor na ogu Ndigbo, ala Igbo and other deities will not spare you. Ofor.

    • David Oladipupo

      Take it easy o!!

    • Wale

      The same goes to you too; either good or bad. but I have an idea of what you wrote.
      Right off the bat, I do not know who Joe Ibgokwe is or care to know him but try to understand what he’s saying, if he’s saying the truth.

      Folks; just approach the situation with an open mind and then reach a conclusion.
      This is what Joe Igbokwe said; “The so-called Onitsha deportation is not the first time this has been done. Lagos has taken destitute to Oyo, Osun and some states in the North in the past. Lagos has gone to Akwa Ibom recently and picked her destitute too”.
      I hope you live in fairly decent house, you came back from work and there’s a person sleeping by the fence not even close to your gate and also, he’s been there for a few days if not weeks, as a responsible person that you think you are, what would you do? call the authorities or let it be?.
      Oh by the way; this person could be a Yoruba, Hausa or of course beyond river Niger to the right.

  7. Jo

    If these people were forcefully removed directly or indirectly with threats, then it is up to the Attorney General of the Federation to sue Lagos State. Regardless of their status, I agree with the Igbo’s and other Nigerians who feel offended by this action. These people are Nigerians, and the issue of economic migrants cannot be used to describe these people. Even if they are mentally ill, Lagos state should have provided alternative housing for them. At some point, the authorities have to accept responsibility for this gaff. Who advised as to the legality of this move ? The more i think about this the more it reasons about the person who made such a decision. The state must set up centers to house destitutes, beggars, rapists, pedophiles and other undesirables from other states flocking to the cities looking for el dorardo. As long as other states are not dumping or coercing their residents to overwhelm the economic and social services of other states, then every state must find ways to deal with these issue. We must also remember that it is not feasible for everyone to head to a particular state or city as the resources available to manage the overcrowding will exhaust the state. This problem is very complicated, and we need to know how many were transported from lagos to Onitsha, who ordered it,and did the two states exchange information on this issue ? But really the main problem is the issue of INDIGENE which is enshrined in Nigeria’s constitution. It has to be removed first , then this will allow all Nigerians free movement and participation in determining their own affairs wherever they may reside. It’s the INDIGENE issue raising it’s ugly head, coupled with tribal mumbo jumbo.

    • Wale

      @JO… Whao, I concur; This is great,many people here are just blinded by their tribalistic and only me knows best brick head idea.
      You mentioned the $1m word here (INDIGENE)
      If I remember correctly; ABIA and Anambra States did something worse than these by expunging the non indigenes from their workforce and sent them packing back to their states of origin.
      If the Ibos wanted to be taken seriously when it comes to situation like these, they should be fair and just with their conclusions. Non of them is saying any thing about other people that were sent back to other Yoruba States or when Lagos State went to Akwa Ibom to pick up her own like any responsible government should do.
      This is the same government that sent planes to pick up Lagos NYSC folks from the North during the killing jamboree. By the way a big chunk of them were Ibos from Lagos State.
      I think Fashola was just telling all these do nothing governors to do what they were elected to do.
      Taking care of your people should be a top priority.

  8. True Nigerian

    Igbokwe has loss every sense of morality left in him. Remember! OZU CHI WE ICHI, ENYI KA NWANNE A LA.

  9. HOPE EDEBOR

    ESAU SOLD HIS BIRTH RIGHT FOR A BOWL OF STEW. JUDAS SOLD HIS MASTER FOR 30 COPPER COINS. HOW MUCH DID YOU JOE IGBOKWE JUST SOLD NDIGBO FOR?

  10. OMO EKO

    Na Bad Belle, Joe Igbokwe Lagos State Governor 2015 not

  11. OMO EKO

    LAGOS CAN DO WITHOUT THE REST OF THE COUNTRY BUT THE REST OF THE COUNTRY CAN’T DO WITHOUT LAGOS. This is food for thought.

  12. OMO EKO

    LAGOS CAN DO WITHOUT THE REST OF THE COUNTRY BUT THE REST OF THE COUNTRY CAN’T DO WITHOUT LAGOS. This is food for thought.

  13. OMO EKO

    LAGOS CAN DO WITHOUT THE REST OF THE COUNTRY BUT THE REST OF THE COUNTRY CAN’T DO WITHOUT LAGOS. This is food for thought.

  14. Its a pity this so called Lagos-Igbo man has lost his conscience, Is he the ONLY Igbo leader in Lagos? Why are others not defending Fashola govt?
    Igbogwe has been disowned by his people hence his romance with APC.

  15. jerryfranklyn emeka

    I ve always maintained, that i Emeka will be the last man to ve confidence with our people because they re all BLACKMAILERS lover,s of money. Igbokwe has sold us out, either by cash or political appointment, and that is real igboman for you, a disgraced one. I expected him to send a strong warning to lagos state govt but did the contrary. Igbos please do not have confidence on ur leaders, they re all the same. B.L.A.C.K.M.A.I.L.E.R.S

  16. Truesage Id

    I have gone through all comments and I am greatly disappointed by the views of a few that commented on this forum. That sense of being an Igbo man or woman has beclouded reason from them. They are so short sited in their views and have only read the actions of Lagos State Government in light of tribalism.
    Thank God for Fashola. Other state governors are almost useless and use the allocation of their states to buy very expensive bullet proof jeeps, private jets, properties abroad, sponsor terrorists etc. They travel abroad to lunder their loots and to drain the resources of their states through ESTA codes and yet their citizens fail to ask questions or challenge them but rush to Lagos and become destitutes, armed robbers, kidnappers, ritual killers, terrorists etc. Reviewing the allocation of May 2013, some of these states even earn more than Lagos, yet they fail to cater for their wards and make them travel to Lagos to become a liability and a menace to the society.
    I have long advised Lagos state government to conduct state census, register all citizens living in the state and issue identification numbers towards collection of tax and monitoring of all citizens so as to provide them will basic amenities like security, pipe borne water, good roads, housing, transportation etc. All those who fall below the preset standard of living in Lagos should thus be deported to their state of origin and become the responsibility of their state governors who hitherto have been having a filed day with their reckless jamboree, spending on irrelevancies like bullet proof jeeps which cost above #50million “for personal security as they make enough enemies doing the wrong things and stealing money”, private jets etc.
    You cannot force your responsibility on others. A father who fails to take care of his children is not fit to live, he is a usless father. Likewise most governors in Nigeria.
    Challenge your governors to cater for its people, and if these governors wants to keep their destitutes in Lagos then Lagos state government must be paid as it would not be right to spend Lagos state megre resource on vagabonds from other state despite that we are all Nigerians while their governors live in affluence.

  17. James

    I read comment on this so called deportation issue and I can see why the Hausas re afraid of letting an Igbo man become President of Nigeria.It seems majority of Igbos re tribalistic in nature.Is this the first time people have been sent back to their state when they consistute nuissance in Lagos?why re Igbo poeple making a situation out of this?No body is begging anybody to vote for APC,Igbos can continue to be PDP if they like,time wil tell whether PDP will favour them more than APC.It is only by joining hands with Yorubas that the dream of an Igbo President will become reality in this country.

  18. anonymos

    Yorubas Are Betrayers! Igbos join hands with Yorubas! I can never trust a yoruba man, I rather trust a Northern Christian than a yoruba man!!! They are two-faced and that is why they remain slaves in the hands of their Hausa-Fulani Masters!!!

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