By John Ndu :
Awka, Feb. 17, 2021 (MOI) Igbos for a Progressive Nigeria (IPAN) has called on Igbos to live in peace and harmony with their hosts, wherever they find themselves and remain law abiding to thrive and reap the fruits of the land where they reside.
A joint statement signed by the National President of IPAN, Mr Lawrence Onuzulike and South East Secretary of the Group, Mr Michael Chibuzor commened Igbos living in Lagos for heeding the advice of the group to desist from participating in the second “OccupyLekkiTollgate’’ protest held on February 13.
It noted that there were no reports of clashes between Ndigbo and people from other tribes during the protest.
“In fact, on the day of the planned chaos, `Igbos’ did not trend in any of the popular social media platforms, especially twitter.
“That was a good sign and it made Igbos in Lagos not to be seen as accomplices with those who seek to cause undue tension in the state as well as destruction of property and businesses for a second time,” the statement said.
IPAN commenced the Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos for being proactive in protecting the state from another round of destruction and violence.
The group also commended the professional role played by the Lagos State Police Command, particularly the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) in maintaining law and order at the Lekki Tollgate.
“Except for a few incidents of bad treatment of some detained protesters, the Police discharged their duties most creditably,” it stressed.
The statement, then, appealed to Igbos to work with groups like IPAN toward protecting the interests of Ndigbo in any part of the country and beyond. (MOI)