Ogun State Government has said the state will not discriminate against people on account of their ethnic origin, religion or circumstances of birth.
Governor Dapo Abiodun said this on Sunday in reaction to various inciteful and provocative statements, including video clips by individuals/groups, making the rounds on the social media indicating that some ethnic groups should leave the South-west region within 48 hours.
The governor, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin, described those behind such divisive campaign as unpatriotic individuals and they did not represent the views of the Yoruba race that is reputed to be accommodating, tolerant and hospitable.
He said “they are definitely not speaking for the Yoruba and the good people of Ogun state.”
Governor Abiodun stated that “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.”
He said as a responsible government, he considered such pronouncements unfortunate, provocative, reckless and irresponsible, adding that “Ogun will remain home to all Nigerians and foreigners who have legitimate reasons to live, work, visit or do business here.”
He said his government shall also protect their lives and properties and look after their wellness, welfare and wellbeing.
He advised these elements which he called ethno-religious jingoists and their collaborators to desist from heating up the polity, fanning the embers of discord, and inciting aggression against other compatriots from other parts of the country.
He said they 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 the country’s unity in diversity.”
Governor Abiodun said he has 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.
Recall that the Nobel Laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka has also condemned the video, stating that “the claim is the work of sick, and cowardly minds.”