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Obi Lacks Right to Fault Lagos Deportation of Osun Youths – Omokri

Former presidential aide, Reno Omokri, has faulted the criticism of the deportation of some citizens from Lagos to Osun as shared by the Labour Party candidate in the 2023 presidential election, Peter Obi.

Obi, who shared on X social media platform, had said the action would affect Nigeria’s national cohesion and development.

He, however, implored Nigerians to remain calm as authorities investigate the matter.

Obi wrote, “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.

“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. -PO.”

Reacting, Omokri recalled the actions Obi took on deportation and how he treated non-indigenes when he was the governor of Anambra State.

He wrote on X, “It is incredibly hypocritical for Peter Obi to criticise the Lagos State Government for the alleged deportation of homeless people to their state of origin in Osun State.

“On Thursday, August 1, 2013, Peter Obi, as Governor of Anambra State, falsely alleged that the Lagos State Government, under then Governor Tunde Fashola, had deported homeless Anambra indigenes and then proceeded to threaten to deport people of mostly Yoruba origin from Anambra.

“Additionally, on Tuesday, September 20, 2011, Mr. Obi ordered the review of the employment of all non-indigenes, including those of Southeast origin, from the Anambra State Civil Service.

“With such a record, Mr. Obi lacks the moral authority to criticise Lagos or any other state for taking action to protect their state. Especially as Lagos has employed hundreds of Anambra indigenes in her civil service. How many Lagosians did Obi employ when he was Governor?

“This Gbajue grandstanding and gaslighting must not be allowed to go unchallenged.”

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