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Obi Condemns ‘Deportation’ Of Osun Youths From Lagos



Obi Condemns ‘Deportation’ Of Osun Youths From Lagos

Peter Obi, presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) in the 2023 elections, has condemned the alleged deportation of Osun indigenes from Lagos state.

On Saturday, there were reports that the Lagos government implemented the deportation of Osun indigenes from the state.

The reports claimed that police officers picked up Osun indigenes from various parts of Ajah, TBS and Lagos Island.

Reacting to the development in a post on his X handle, Obi described the deportation as a “violation of citizens’ rights”.

“I am deeply saddened and shocked by the recent reports of the deportation of citizens mostly of Osun State origin by Lagos State authorities. This is not merely a concern for Osun State but for all Nigerians who uphold the principles of unity, fairness, and justice,” Obi wrote.

“I find this action very distasteful because of the far-reaching effects it will have on our National cohesion and development. As a pan-Nigerian advocate, I vehemently oppose any form of discrimination, injustice, or violation of our citizens’ rights.

“Every Nigerian, irrespective of their state of origin or place of residence, deserves to be treated with dignity and respect.

“Let us always remember that we are all Nigerians, united by a common destiny. And that it is our collective duty to uphold the values of unity, fairness, and justice, and to stand against any form of discrimination or injustice. Our constitution guarantees every Nigerian citizen the right to reside and find livelihood in any and every part of the federation.

“I implore all Nigerians to remain calm and vigilant as we await the outcome of the investigation. Meanwhile, the security agencies in Osun State are closely monitoring the situation to ensure the safety and well-being of the deported youths.

“Together, let us strive for a Nigeria where every citizen is accorded dignity and respect, regardless of their background or place of origin or residence. A new and different Nigeria is indeed possible! Let us strive towards it in unity.”

In the early hours of Monday, Ademola Adeleke, governor of Osun, directed an immediate investigation into the alleged deportation of the state’s indigenes from Lagos.

The governor said he has engaged Babajide Sanwo-Olu, governor of Lagos, who also expressed shock over the development and promised to take urgent action.

He urged residents to be calm while the security agencies carry out surveillance.

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