80% Percent of Victims of Demolished Homes Are Yorubas, Stop Bringing Ethnic Politics Into Environmental Issues — South-West Professional Forum (SOWPROF)
The South-West Professional Forum (SOWPROF) has said that the majority of illegal structures demolished in Lagos are owned by Yoruba people.
The SOWPROF, in a statement signed by its Assistant General Secretary, Lateef Kayode, which was made available to journalists in Ado-Ekiti, yesterday, dismissed insinuations that the demolition was targeting a particular group.
The professional group said attempts by a few people to ethnicise the environmental issue is self-serving.
“We have done diligent checks. We have a compilation of all the victims of the demolition in Lagos. We have done extensive compilation of the victims and the issues involved. Some 80 per cent of the victims of the demolished buildings are from the South-West region.”
The group said it is a pity that ethnic politics is being introduced to the attempt by the Lagos State Government to deal with serious environmental hazards that have led to flooding, deaths and that even threaten the future of the people of the state.
It, therefore, urged the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, not to be deterred by parochial critiques introducing ethnic politics into a purely environmental issue.
SOWPROF said it started the compilation of names of the landlords five months ago and that the names of owners of the demolished buildings are available for the public, adding that demolition of illegal buildings is a nationwide issue.
“It takes place in all the South-East, North-West, North-East and South-South. It has happened in Port Harcourt, Kano, Enugu, Onitsha, Owerri, Aba, Kaduna, Ilorin, Makurdi and in many cities across the country.
“It is unfortunate that some people are exploring the fragile political situation in the country to cause disaffection using the demolition of illegal buildings in Lagos State as a pun in the game.”