By; NIYI OGUNGBOLA, Abeokuta
Ogun State Government’ has described as reckless and irresponsible a statement on social media calling on Ibos to leave the South-West within 48 hours.
Reacting promptly, in a press statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Kunle Somorin ,the government stated categorically that, Ogun remain home to all Nigerians and foreigners who have legitimate reasons to live, work, visit or do business there.
Also with quick assurancen to protect their lives and properties and look after their wellness, welfare and wellbeing.
“Our attention has been drawn to various inciteful and provocative statements, including video clips, making the rounds on the social media posted by certain individuals and groups to the effect that some ethnic groups should leave the South-west region within 48 hours
“As a responsible government, we consider such pronouncements unfortunate, provocative, reckless and irresponsible.
“It is a well known fact that Yoruba, especially of Ogun state extraction, are cosmopolitan, urbane and too civilized to discriminate against people on account of their ethnic origin, religion or circumstances of birth. These unpatriotic individuals neither represent the views of the Yoruba race that is reputed to be accommodating, tolerant and hospitable. They are definitely not speaking for the Yoruba and the good people of Ogun state.”Ogun State government stated.
The government advised strongly those she called ethno-religious jingoists and their collaborators in their own interest to desist from heating up the polity, fanning the embers of discord, and inciting aggression against compatriots from other parts of the country.
“We advise that rather than dissipating energies on divisive ventures, YYF and their ilks should deploy more time and resources to support causes that promote Nigeria’s unity especially good inter and intra ethnic relations within the context of our unity in diversity.
“We have put security agents on red alert to be more vigilant, apprehend and deal decisively with agent provocateurs and felons disguising as promoters of self-serving Yoruba agenda. They should be stopped from their campaign of calumny, looting, maiming, burning and destruction of public and private properties.
“We wish to reassure residents of the State of their safety, irrespective of their state of origin or nationalities.” the statement further guaranteed.