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August 17, 2018

Lagos state government reacts to reports of its plans to scrap Eze Ndi title in the state

The Lagos government has denied a report on social media alleging that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode was making moves against non-indigenes especially Igbos in the state.

The government said the report was baseless, mischievous and irresponsible.

In a statement made available to journalists on Thursday, August 16, the commissioner for information and strategy, Kehinde Bamigbetan, said the claims in the report were nothing but absolute falsehood and a mere figment of the imagination of unscrupulous persons who concocted it.

The report had claimed that Governor Ambode had outlawed the position of ‘Eze Ndi-Igbo’ in Lagos and was making other moves against non-indigenes.

The report, which did not state the event where the governor allegedly made such pronouncements, also quoted Ambode as saying that Lagos was not a colonial settlement, but owned by the Yorubas.

Bamigbetan described the contents of the alleged report as laughable and ridiculous.

The commissioner said Governor Ambode had clearly emphasised at the inception of his administration that he would run a government of inclusion regardless of tribe, colour or creed, which he had not only adhered to, but also sustained it.

“While we would have opted to totally ignore such crass report, we have chosen to set the records straight for unsuspecting members of the public who might be tempted to believe such falsehood.

“For emphasis, there is no record anywhere of the governor making such remarks and we dare the faceless authors to come out with any evidence otherwise.

"This is certainly the handiwork of enemies of Lagos state whose sole aim is to distort the existing harmonious relationship among ethnic groups in the state.

“They have totally failed in this attempt. Besides, in this season of politics, it is expected that those seeking to gain mileage would stop at nothing and cling to any straw just to score cheap points.

“Indeed, the governor, precisely in his inauguration speech had stated emphatically that ‘I shall run an open government of inclusion that will not leave anyone behind.

“No matter your age, s*x, tribe or any other status, as long as you reside in Lagos, we will make Lagos work for you’.

“The governor has not only lived up to that, but has also sustained it and every Lagosian can attest to it,” Bamigbetan said.

He urged the public to disregard the report in its entirety.

He also urged security agencies to go all out and investigate the mischief makers behind it and mete out appropriate sanctions on them in accordance with the law.

Meanwhile, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode it was earlier reported to have been endorsed for a second term in office by the Igbo Vision group in Lagos.

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