By Citizens Platform
Former Abia state governor, Orji Uzor Kalu has lamented the ‘deportation’ of 67 persons of Igbo ethnicity, by the Lagos state government, describing it as a “thoughtless and unprovoked action.”
Kalu expressed his displeasure in a piece published in The Sun, and also in a series of tweets on his Twitter account, @ouktweets.
According to him, “I do not care about the spirited defence by [Governor Babatunde] Fashola and his media men to twist the fact and paint their critics as villains. That is their right though.
“But I had expected him to show some remorse for his thoughtless and unprovoked action against a people whose only crime is that they were born in a country that has chosen to hate them for no just cause.”
He added that: “Let me quickly point out here that I am disappointed at some of the comments made by some highly-placed individuals in defence of the illegal and indiscriminate action of the Lagos State Government. These articles and comments smacked of fallacy, irrationality and non-seriousness. A few of them are outright provocative and ethnocentric.
“Nonetheless, one fact these armchair commentators cannot sweep under the carpet, try as they would, is that Igbo are hated for no justifiable reason. What offence did the innocent 67 deported Igbo commit to warrant such a dehumanizing and demeaning treatment in their own country?
“The most grievous offence anybody can commit today in Nigeria is treasonable felony or murder, which often attracts the death penalty. In this circumstance, what the government of Lagos State should have done was to commit them to the legal process and not take the laws into its hands.”
Source: Citizens Platform
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