Ogun Remains Home To Igbo, Hausa, Foreigners - Gov. Abiodun - THE ENCOUNTER NEWS

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Ogun Remains Home To Igbo, Hausa, Foreigners - Gov. Abiodun



Michael-Azeez Ogunsiji 

ABEOKUTA - The Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has disclosed that  the state remain habitable to all Nigerians and foreigners who have legitimate reasons to live, work and do business and shall continue to protect their lives and properties. 


Governor Abiodun stated this on Sunday in a press statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin and made available to journalists in Abeokuta. 


The governor who was reacting to YYF call on social media threatening some ethnic groups to leave the south west region within 48 hours, said the statement from the Yoruba group was provocative, reckless and irresponsible. 


He maintained that, Ogun state Indigenes are cosmopolitan, urbane and took civilized to discriminate against people on account of their ethnic origin, religion, or circumstances of birth. 


He noted that, the Yoruba race that is reputed to be accommodating, tolerant and hospitable, stressing that the inciteful statements by the individuals or groups does not represent the views of the South West region and the people of Ogun state. 


He therefore, warned those inciting provocative statement to desist from heating up the polity, and stop fanny the embers of disunity among Nigerians. 


The statement read thus:


"Our attention has been drawn to various inciteful and provocative statements, including video clips, making the rounds on the social media posted by certain individuals and groups to the effect that some ethnic groups should leave the South-west region within 48 hours. 


"As a responsible government, we consider such pronouncements unfortunate, provocative, reckless and irresponsible. Ogun will remain home to all Nigerians and foreigners who have legitimate reasons to live, work, visit or do business here. We shall also protect their lives and properties and look after their wellness, welfare and wellbeing.


"It is a well known fact that Yoruba, especially of Ogun state extraction, are cosmopolitan, urbane and too civilized to discriminate against people on account of their ethnic origin, religion or  circumstances of birth. These unpatriotic individuals neither represent the views of the Yoruba race that is reputed to be accommodating,  tolerant and hospitable. They are definitely not speaking for the Yoruba and the good people of Ogun state.


"These ethno-religious jingoists and their collaborators are therefore advised in their own interest to desist from heating up the polity, fanning the embers of discord, and inciting aggression against our compatriots from other parts of the country.


"We advise that rather than dissipating energies on divisive ventures, YYF and their ilks should deploy more time and resources to support causes that promote Nigeria’s unity especially good inter and intra ethnic relations within the context of our unity in diversity.



"We have put security agents on red alert to be more vigilant, apprehend and deal decisively with agent provocateurs and felons disguising as promoters of self-serving Yoruba agenda. They should be stopped from their campaign of calumny, looting, maiming, burning and destruction of public and private properties.


"We wish to reassure residents of the State of their safety, irrespective of their state of origin or nationalities."

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