Aisha Yesufu, a political and human rights activist has advised Igbo people in Lagos to learn how to deal with victimisation from their kinsmen in Kano State, Northwest Nigeria.
There were alleged attacks by thugs loyal to the ruling All Progressives Congress on Igbo people in Lagos before and during last Saturday’s governorship and State Assembly elections over their perceived support for the Labour Party governorship candidate, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour.
Tension had also built up online ahead of the elections after some Igbo people were perceived to have claimed that Lagos is ‘no man’s land’, which angered some Yoruba people who interpreted it to mean an attempt to take over their land.
Yesufu’s comment came as a reaction to a video posted by Peter Obi’s Feminine Voice (@itzz_blitz1) on Twitter on Sunday with the caption, “if you be Igbo and they catch you outside it’s a…
“Threats on Igbos happening this morning in Abule Ado, Amuwo Odofin.”
Yesufu advised Igbo people in the state to learn from their kinsmen in Muslim-dominated Kano how to handle such intimidation.
Igbo people, who are largely Christians, in Muslim-dominated Northern Nigeria have alleged intimidation and persecution by their hosts.
Yesufu wrote on Twitter, “The Igbos in Lagos must go and meet their kinsmen in Kano and learn from them how they stopped themselves from being picked on as victims.
“Those who love peace must learn to organize as effectively as those who love war― Martin Luther King Jr,” she added.