Re: Deportation, Lagos seals off Orji Uzor Kalu’s Ikoyi Mansion And The Hypocrisy of Governor Peter Obi By Maxwell Adeyemi Adeleye
It was true that the house of the former Governor of Abia State located in Ikoyi, Lagos, was sealed off yesterday. The House was reportedly sealed off by some Revenue Collectors working for the Lagos State Ministry of Finance for defaulting Land Use Charge. It was reported without being countered that Kalu has been defaulting Lagos for the past 5 years. Unchallenged multiple reports have it that the owner of the sealed-off property (Kalu) had been written three times to pay his debt but refused to do so. The house has however been unsealed following the intervention of Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State.Having confirmed that Kalu was, and still a Land Use Charge Defaulter, I wish to charge him to desist from politicising the action of officials performing their constitutional duties because as a former Governor, I expect him to know better.
Anyone preaching equity must be clean! I make bold to say that that he (Kalu) wouldn’t have tolerated any property owner not paying Land Use charge for a period of five years if he is still in office. He should just pay and see what happen next? Let me also advise my Igbo friends to stop the ethnic collouration of the lawful exercise.Furthermore, I read an article authored by Chief Kalu in his paper, Daily Sun, on sunday where he lampooned Governor Fashola for deporting his Igbo brothers and Sisters in an inhumane manner. Kalu concluded his piece by asserting that Fashola erred because “LAGOS IS A NO MAN’s LAND”.
As a Conscious Public Affairs Commentator, let me re-assert again (because I had asserted before) that the action of Governor Babatunde Fashola and other Governors that had deported destitute to their States of origin contravens sections 35, 36, 41 and 42 of the 1999 constitution of Nigeria as amended. However, I wish to dissagree with Mr. Orji Uzor Kalu that Lagos is a No Man’s Land. He actually goofed, and I consider his affirmation an insult to the peace loving people of Lagos.
For the sake of clarity, and at the risk of repetitiveness, let me tell those who care to listen that Lagos is a South Western State. Lagos is the land of yoruba people. If Lagos is no a man’s land as posited by Kalu, then, may I ask that, IS ABIA STATE that KALU maximumly GOVERNED with impunity for eight years a NO MAN’s LAND? If yes, then, why did the government of Abia State sent-packed all non-indigene from their CIVIL SERVICE (including Kalu’s Igbo brothers and sisters)? Where was Kalu then? Did he kick? Did he threaten to sue Governor Theordore Orji whom he handed over to when he implemented the never-seen-before policy? Has Kalu forgotten that 30 percent of the civil Servants in Lagos State are Igbos and no one has sacked them?
Nonetheless, let me avow before people they begin to colour me an ethnic biggot that i believe in One Nigeria, but I wish to remind the general public that it is the same constitution of Nigeria that says Lagos belongs to Yoruba People. Therefore, I wish to again, opine with all sense of impartiality and objectivity, that the statement of Kalu that Lagos is a No Man’s Land is an insult to the accomodating and peace loving families of Dosunmus, Gbadamosis, Oyekans, Kosokos, et al of Lagos.I also urge Kalu to stop the ethnic colouration and Politicisation of the deportation saga, and instead, condemn the bizzarre violation of the law of the nation by the anti-masses Governors of Nigeria.
And for record purpose, I wish to affirm that all political parties and ethnic groups including the Chief Petitioner of Nigeria, Governor Peter Obi of Anambra (APGA) are guilty of violating the rights to movement, live, dignity and liberty of those they had deported. It should be recalled that Anambra State government of the APGA, under Peter Obi, deported people to Ebonyi and Akwa Ibom States in 2011. FCT administration of the PDP under Bala Mohammed deported people to about 15 states in 2012. Rivers State of the PDP under Rotimi Ameachi deported people two weeks ago to about 7 states. Lagos State of the APC under Fashola had deported Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba people to their States of origin in his controversial bid to get Lagos cleaned and secured.
Consequent upon this, I urge those playing ethnic politics with the unlawful action to bury their face in ultimate shame.
Conclusively, I implore all human rights crusaders, civil socities and labour unions that are intrested in the peace and tranquility of Nigeria to rise up against the caculated attempt by Nigerian Governors to make live unbearable for the commoners. All anti-masses policies must not be allowed to stand. The breaching of Nigerian constitution by elected public officials must be stopped at all cost. Our Law Must Be Protected!
Adeleye writes from Lagos, South West, Nigeria.
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