Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, the President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has issued a warning to Igbos who are constructing buildings without proper approvals in Lagos State.
During a press conference, Iwuanyanwu emphasized that Ohanaeze may find it challenging to defend individuals who violate construction laws in Lagos.
He stated that the demolished houses were in violation of land acquisition laws, including being built on roads and drainage lines.
Iwuanyanwu stressed the importance of obeying the laws of the land and obtaining government approvals for construction projects. He assured that Ohanaeze would stand by and support those who follow the proper procedures.
However, he made it clear that if individuals choose to build on drainage lines and roads without abiding by the law and obtaining necessary approvals, it would be difficult for Ohanaeze to offer any form of support.
Highlighting the historical significance of the Igbo community in Lagos, Iwuanyanwu referred to them as the pioneers and heroes of modern Lagos State. He acknowledged the contributions of Igbo forebearers in making parts of the state habitable, particularly during the time when Lagos served as the federal capital territory.
According to Iwuanyanwu, the Igbo community played a crucial role in transforming swampy lands into livable areas, addressing the developmental challenges faced during Lagos’ transition to the federal capital territory.