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Ezekwesili Slams Sanwo-Olu, Tinubu Over Alaba Market Demolition

Ezekwesili Slams Sanwo-Olu, Tinubu Over Alaba Market Demolition 

Ezekwesili requests that Sanwo-Olu promptly disseminate information on the destroyed structures at Alaba market.

By Omotayo Olutekunbi

Former Education Minister Oby Ezekwesili has warned President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Lagos State Governor Babajide Sawo-Olu about the impending destruction of a damaged structure at Alaba International Market.

Alaba, located in the state’s Ojo Local Government Area, is Nigeria’s biggest electronics market. Igbo merchants control the majority of the market.

Even though the destruction of dilapidated properties in the market began on Saturday, June 17, 2023, the Lagos State Building Control Agency, LASBCA, allegedly listed at least 17 buildings for demolition as early as 2016.

The removal of the structures, however, prompted fury among merchants, who thought it was politically motivated.

In response, Ezekwesili requested Governor Sanwo-Olu, in a series of tweets on Tuesday, June 20, 2023, to promptly disclose data on destroyed properties in the market.

According to her, “would provide evidence to the public that this is not a vengeful political attack against the predominant Igbo community in Alaba Market.”

The former minister also warned President Tinubu and the Lagos State Government to be careful in stoking a “terribly toxic atmosphere against fellow citizens.”

“Let me also use this opportunity to really again advise the @followlasg and its cheerleaders including @officialABAT to be careful in persisting to brew a terribly toxic atmosphere against fellow citizens since before, during and after the 2023 elections. Governance by maliciousness does no one any good”, she tweeted.

She added that “governance by maliciousness does no one any good.”

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