This was the plea of Igbo traders in the state whose shops were demolished by officials of the state government for the ongoing road expansion project.
The President-General, Igbo community Assembly in the state, Chief Anigwe Osita-Martins spoke on behalf of the affected traders weekend, during the 2013 Igbo Cultural day celebration held in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
Osita-Martins stated that the traders under the Nzuko Ndi Igbo in the state had written the governor on their plight and had appealed to him to consider them after the completion of the new shops being built across the state.
He also noted that Gov. Amosun should be commended for his unprecedented urban renewal programme which will help the economy in the state to grow.
“Amosun’s footprints in the sand of rebuilding Ogun State is (sic) indelible for everybody, even a blind man can see or feel.
“May I use this opportunity to once more remind you Sir, of our earlier letter praying your Excellency to ensure fairness when these shops being constructed will be allocated, so that our Igbo son and daughters wose business premises were destroyed in the cause of the unprecedented urban rebuilding project in Ogun state will be accommodated.
“We pledge to be law abiding and always pay our taxes and levies as at when due”, he said.
Speaking at the event, Governor Theodore Orji of Abia state, who was represented by his Special Adviser on Interstate Relations, Chief Isaac Ogbonna spoke on the theme ” peaceful co-existence through cultural interaction”.
Orji admonished that we must first of all see ourselves as Nigerians regardless of our ethnic differences, stating that though our culture and language may differ, the message is simple – we are one.
“We must love ourselves and be our brothers’ keepers, we should not allow our religion or ethnic difference to divide us. Igbo, Yoruba and Hausa are all Nigeria, so, we must not see ourselves as enemies”, he said.
In her remarks, the commissioner for Culture and tourism, Mrs. Yewande Amusan, who was represented by staff of the ministry, Mrs. Mustapha Toyin, commended organizers of the cultural day, saying it had the capability to unite everybody.
Amusan urged the Igbo Community in the state to embrace culture and not abandone it for foreign culture so as to prevent it from going into extinction.
She said, “There is nothing different between Yoruba and Igbo masquerade. Our culture does not permit nudity; let us advise our children against exposing their nakedness.
“Let us continue living in unity, we are united. Despite our cultural and language differences, we should see ourselves as one”, she added.