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Oby Ezekwesili Challenges Lagos Governor on Alaba Market Demolitions, Raises Concerns of Political Attack

Oby Ezekwesili, a former minister of education, has called on Lagos Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to provide evidence that the demolition of dilapidated structures at Alaba Market is not a political attack against the Igbo community. In a tweet, Ezekwesili urged the governor to disclose the details of each destroyed building and the due process rules followed before their removal.

She emphasised that transparency and full disclosure would help dispel the notion that the demolitions were a vengeful political manoeuvre targeting the predominantly Igbo community in Alaba Market. Ezekwesili also cautioned President Bola Tinubu about creating a toxic atmosphere against fellow citizens.

Her intervention comes as the Lagos State government commenced the demolition of buildings in Alaba International Market, the largest electronics market in Nigeria. Some traders complained that the state government did not provide prior notice before starting the demolition. However, the general manager of the Lagos State Building Control Agency, Gbolahan Oki, stated that 17 buildings in the Ojo Local Government Area, where the market is located, were assessed and approved for demolition.

Lagos, situated in the South-West geopolitical region and known as Nigeria’s most cosmopolitan and commercial city, is a melting pot for Yorubas, Igbos, and other ethnic groups that coexist peacefully. However, ethnic tensions arose during the previous general election when Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, defeated Mr Tinubu in Lagos on February 25th. 

A writer at Parallel Facts