All major markets in Lagos, southwest Nigeria, were this morning, shut for business in honour of the newly installed Iyaloja General of Nigeria, Mrs. Folashade Tinubu-Ojo.
The official installation which coincided with the 70th birthday anniversary of the Oba of Lagos, His Royal Majesty Rilwan Akiolu 1, took place at the Iga Idunganran palace of the monarch.
The markets visited by our correspondent were devoid of the usual transactions while the usual throng of customers was completely absent.
Markets at Ayobo-Ipaja, Iyana-Ipaja, Abule-Egba, Dopemu, Ogba, Egbeda, Agege, Balogun, Oke Arin, Oyingbo, Oshodi, Mushin and Ikotun were completely deserted.
Only newspaper vendors and a few hawkers that were in business as traders in these markets closed their stalls.
Some customers who did not know about the closure of markets were disappointed.
Speaking with P.M.NEWS, a trader at Oke-Arin market, said: “I am not selling. We have all locked our shops to honour our new Iyaloja-General. It is just a one-day thing. Probably by evening I guess people will start opening their shops.”
A pepper seller at Iyana-Ipaja market, Kunbi Aderibigbe said:
“We are acting on the instructions of our leaders not to open business today in honour of our new Iyaloja. It is just for today alone. Before evening I know the market will start bubbling again.”
Buhari Akande, a trader at Balogun market, Lagos Island, said: “Not Balogun Market alone is closed to honour Madam Shade Tinubu, the daughter of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. Today is her official installation so we traders deem it fit to shut our stalls to honour her,” he said.