Fashola apologises to Igbos for alleged deportation saga

.Jonathan, Kuka, Ihedioha, others celebrate Aka Ikenga at 25
By Precious Igbonwelundu
Lagos Governor Babatunde Fashola yesterday offered an unreserved apology for the misunderstanding generated by the alleged deportation of some destitutes to Onitsha, Anambra State.
The state government was accused to have dumped 70 beggars at Onitsha bridge on July 24, a situation that generated public outcry and bad blood. The government had said it relocated 14 destitutes after rehabilitating them and in line with the state but the explanations, it seemed did not appease aggrieved Igbos, who felt they were being badly treated and hated
Fashola who spoke at the silver jubilee of the Igbo socio-cultural think tank, Aka. Ikenga held at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, NIIA, insisted he has no problems with the Igbos.
He noted that the largest herds of cattles he received when his father passed on was from the Igbos.
At the event were Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Pius Ayim who represented President Goodluck Jonathan; House of Representatives Deputy Speaker, Chief Emeka Ihedioha; Catholic Bishop, Mathew Kuka; former Minister, Gen. Ike Nwachukwu; President Aka Ikenga, Goddy Uwazurike; former ambassador Chief George Obiozor and President of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Gary Enwo-Igariwey.
Others include former President Aka Ikenga, Chief Chris Asodoka; Director, Lagos Business School, Prof. Pat Utomi; former minister, Captain Emma Iheanacho; Nollywood artistst, Onyeka Onwenu and Kanayo O. Kanayo.
Fashola said: “I came here to say to say thank you for the honour done to my family and the memory of my late father.
“People who clearly do not understand the actions taken and words spoken are those I owe an explanation. I cannot take the Igbos for granted because we have built a relationship based on tolerance, mutual respect, love and trust. That relationship was built by our ancestors and I put a lot of value in that relationship.
“I offer an unqualified and unreserved apology if the actions taken have been misunderstood.
“But I think the basic issue Aka Ikenga must address is why people feel compelled to immigrate from one part of the country to the other? Is it the case that some lack the resources to develop or perhaps some parts are endowed with enormous resources but not adequately managed?
“How can development be so difficult from the zone that has produced people like Nnamdi Azikiwe, Alex Ekwueme, Ike Nwachukwu, among others?
“As political storm gathers, there are contact spots but like in football, contact spots have rules. Those who are victims of our shortcomings as professionals in and out of government should not be pounced.
“A day like this calls for deep reflection about issues of our loyalties. Are we more Igbo than Nigeria or we are more Nigeria than Igbo?”
Fashola called on residents in the state to embrace Residence Registration Scheme, RRS, to enable the government meets its obligation to them.
Jonathan in his goodwill message, stated that Aka Ikenga has successfully served as an interface between the Igbo nation and the rest of Nigeria in the past 25 years, adding that the group has emerged as one of the most respected and articulate socio-cultural think tank in the country.
He urged Aka Ikenga to make serious recommendations to the government on how to resolve the issues discussed.
The President disclosed that the goal of his administration is to foster national unity, deepen democracy and democratic culture to enthrone national peace and social rights, just as he urged Nigerians to be civil and engage each other with decorum.
In his lecture themed “Nigeria: the challenge of democracy”, Kuka noted that stereotyping, exclusion and lack of compromise remains major challenges to the nation’s democracy.
Kuka lamented that the nation progresses in reverse, stressing the need to “manage our diversities for common good.”
He said democracy can only be sustained if there are considerations for all to achieve their destinies.
Kuka said democracy should be measure with indices such as security, quality of rule of law, political and human rights, among others.
He noted that the academic community are the most disenfranchised group in the country, adding “no country ignores education and grows.
“Nigeria is a great country hurting badly. Governance is no longer subjected to the wills and caprice of good people. We are not looking for good people to govern us but we should use indices to scientifically measure the progress of democracy. We returned to democracy so that the frontiers of governance can be expanded.”
Ihedioha urged the Igbo nation to set milestones and road maps on how to rebuild the south east, stating that the zone was in dire need of infrastructural development.
To Igariwey, the Igbos resident outside the south-eastern states should think of investing back home to create jobs for the youth and curb migration.
In his welcome address, Uwazurike said Aka Ikenga has over the years, devoted resources in the pursuit of good
“We have our members who must fall into one or more of these groups-deep thinkers, details men, philanthropists, foresight and execution people. We have no room for hangers on, laggards and opportunists.


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