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Claim Of Lagos Being No Man’s Land Misleading, Confrontational – Akiolu, Fasinro, Okunnu

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Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Wednesday attributed the greatness of the State to its ability to be the melting pot for all cultures, just as he said that the people of the State over the years have distinguished themselves in making others feel home away from home.

 

Speaking at the Lagos History Lecture held at Eko Hotels and Suits with the theme: “Lagos: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow,” as part of activities marking Golden Jubilee anniversary of the State, Governor Ambode recalled that since inception, Lagos had effectively transited from an administrative entity to become the melting point of cultures and the socio-political and economic jurisdiction of global significance, rated today, as the fifth largest economy in Africa.

Also at the event ex-federal Commissioner of works, Femi Okunnu said the creation of states after Yakubu Gowon administration has further created problem than solve the challenges facing the country.

Other dignitaries at the 50th celebration of Lagos,Ogun State former Governor, Aremo Olusegun Osoba, Oba of Lagos, Oba Riliwanu Akiolu and Professor Hakeem Danmole warned those championing the cause that Lagos State belong to everyone to desist from such claim, saying, we know the true owners of Lagos.

In attendance at the celebration was ex-military administrator of the state, including Mobolaji Johnson, Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu.The  first executive governor of Lagos, Alh. Lateef Jakande was also in attendance with the first Town Clerk of Lagos City Council, Senator Habib Fasinro, Justice Olusola Oguntade and others.

Okunnu, who was among the discussants at the lecture, lamented that after the 12 states created by the Gowon administration, successive military administration damaged the country built by their founding fathers with creation of additional states.

According to him, I wished that we have held on to the 12 states structure initially created by the Gowon administration.

The ex-commissioner argued had the country held on to that structure, the ongoing demand for restructuring by some Nigerians would not have been necessary.

He noted that the creation of additional states further brought ethnicity and religious differences that has become a huge problem for the country.

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Okunnu stressed that the differences was further heightened by the activities of Afenifere Renewal Group, Arewa Consultative Forum and Ohaneze Ndigbo and other pan-cultural groups that have delved into politics rather than the reasons they were established.

He said: “previously, relationship in the country was cordial that everyone lives together without emphasizing on religion or ethnicity. We celebrate together to the extent that we don’t clear distinction between us.”

He added that when the groups had not come into fruition, Nigerians engage in politics without adding religious or ethnic coloration.

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