Thursday, 11 February 2016

Awori indigenes stage a protest at Tinubu’s residence in Lagos

                                                     Senator Bola Tinubu

I read an article recently in one of the main newspapers in Nigeria  about Scores of Awori indigenes  stormed the Ikoyi residence of Bola Tinubu, the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), on Tuesday, January 26 ,2016

The Punch reports that the Awori acting on the platform of the Awori Indigenous Forum were protesting against alleged political marginalization.

They said that no Awori indigene had been elected or appointed as chairman of a local government council, secretary to a local government council, supervisory councillor or member of the state House of Assembly in the last 20 years in Lagos state.

Awori indigenes also stormed the Lagos residence of Bola Tinubu in July 2015.

It is disheartening as an indigene of Lagos State to know that one of  the original ethnic groups that made up Lagos State of today,  The Aworis , have no sufficient representation at high levels of the government in the State . Generally , the same issue is affecting all the other indigenous communities of Lagos State.

Who are the indigenes of Lagos State?.
The indigenous peoples of Lagos State are the Yoruba subgroups of the Aworis in Ikeja, the Eguns in Badagry area, the ljebus in Ikorodu and Epe, while Lagos Island consists of an admixture of Benin and Eko Aworis as well as repatriated Yorubas and other immigrants.

Who is Bola Tinubu?. Bola Ahmed Tinubu is a native of Iragbiji in Osun State and he could bear any name  from his weird past, such as Yekini Amoda Ogunlere, Hameed Sangodele ,  Yekini Amoda or even Bobo Chicago.

Ever since his inglorious eight year rule as Governor of Lagos  State from 1999 to 2007 on the platform of the Alliance for Democracy (AD), to date, he has more or less served as the chief looter who has unleashed the most egregious corruption and reckless looting of the treasury of Lagos State. Even as he hides under the guise of championing democratic principles, various frauds, including financial crimes have been linked to him such that he can only be summed up as a perpetrator of diabolical deeds

There is no doubt that Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu has become a personification of Lagos. Just as his word is law, he can do and undo. What started out like an act of drama at the beginning of the current democratic dispensation in 1999 has left Nigeria’s premier state, Lagos, as a mere fiefdom of Tinubu who bears the titular toga of the “Lion of Bourdillon.” Though there is nothing democratic about his bearing, he is, in fact, an Emperor.

And there is no escaping the damning reality that Lagos is being plundered by a group of political usurpers who wear the cloak of democratic emancipators in an apparent case of parading immunity as impunity.

Since 1999 when Senator Bola Tinubu became the Governor of Lagos State, our political representatives in Lagos State has  been drastically reduced . The indigenes of Lagos State no longer have a voice in the running of the state affairs . Economically, our people are suffering, they are living in abject poverty .

The indigenes of Lagos State have been silently marginalized and politically castrated by Senator Bola Tinubu . Our people are being oppressed, repress and suppress by Senator Bola Tinubu .
 It is pitiful that our people will now be parading themselves to Senator Bola Tinubu residence to beg for what belongs to them, that is, their birthright.

  As long as Bola Tinubu holds his Political and economical grip on Lagos State , the political and economical development of the indigenous people of the State will never materialise and therefore our people will be backward and remain in his bondage .

The time is now ripe for the indigenes of Lagos State to REVOLT against Senator Bola Tinubu . We want to break away from the BONDAGE and SLAVERY imposed on the people of Lagos State.

Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.

By Michael Emiabata

The movement for the emancipation of the indigenous people of Lagos State

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