Lagos State chapter of Ohanaeze Ndigbo responds to proposed new property laws by Lagos Assembly Speaker
“For now, we don’t know what is going to happen, because that can bring chaos; that can bring a big problem to the country, and also to the government of Nigeria.
“Because when you talk of Lagos, every family in Nigeria has a single lineage in Lagos. Even though we know that the target are Igbo people in terms of when you talk of investments. We’re the tribe that invest without even minding the differences between us and the host community, anywhere we reside.
“Igbos own lots of properties in Lagos and also have investments across the state.”
The Lagos State chapter of Ohanaeze Ndigbo has expressed concern about new property and business ownership laws proposed by the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Mudashiru Obasa. The Speaker announced these laws in his inaugural speech at the 10th Lagos Assembly, stating that they would protect the interests of Lagos indigenes. Reacting to this statement, the President of Ohanaeze in Lagos State, Chief Ogbonna Aguene, claimed that the proposed laws could lead to chaos and pose a serious problem for Nigeria and its government. He argued that while the laws appeared to target Igbo investments, “every family in Nigeria has a single lineage in Lagos.” Igbos own various properties and businesses in Lagos, and Aguene suggested that any laws restricting investment in the region would affect Igbos disproportionately. Nonetheless, the Ohanaeze president said that the group had no issue with new laws as long as they did not solely affect Igbo investments. The organization urged its members not to panic and assured them that “Ndigbo should have nothing to worry about.”