The Imo State Governor and Chairman of the Southeast Governors Forum, Senator Hope Uzodimma on Thursday made interventions with the ongoing impasse between the Igbo community and their host communities in Lagos State.
The intervention followed the demolition of shops owned by Igbos in Alaba International Market, Ojo.
Governor Uzodimma in his address promised to use any means possible to unite the situation which includes meeting with the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu today to resolve all extended differences.
While promising to address the outstanding differences between the Igbos and the Yoruba community, the Governor encouraged the support of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration as a gesture of goodwill and unity.
The traders appealed to the Governor to intervene with the Center to help their businesses thrive alongside their host state and encourage other groups who plan to move businesses to the southeast region but are hindered by the insecurity and transportation challenges especially extending the construction of a railway system to the Southeast region.
Also at the meeting of the Igbo community in Lagos were the Governor of Enugu State, Peter Mbah, and the Deputy Speaker Federal House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Benjamin Kalu.
However, Joe Igbokwe, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress said the meeting was political.
He said “Igbo critical stakeholders led by Gov Hope Uzodimma of Imo State of Nigeria met in Lagos Yesterday to address some burning political issues. It will end in praise”