The Lagos State Government led by Babajide Sanwo-Olu has disclosed moves to make laws ‘to protect indigenes’, which has been adjudged as targetted against non-indigenes.
According to multiple sources, the Lagos State House of Assembly is poised to pass “an obnoxious indigenous business and property law”.
Mudashiru Obasa, the Speaker of the Lagos House of Assembly, said earlier in the week that the state would pass laws to safeguard its indigenes.
According to him, the 10th Assembly’s legislative agenda would include laws and resolutions in the areas of economy and commerce, property and titles, and reversal of “all that are reversible to protect the interest of the indigenes.”
Obasa, who was elected speaker of the assembly for a third consecutive term, referred to some controversies that arose in the build-up to the 2023 elections claiming that non-indigenes wanted to take over the state.
He said that “Lagos is Yoruba land as against the assertions of some people that it is a no man’s land.
“Therefore, part of our legislative agenda is to ensure the translation of laws passed by this House to the Yoruba language.
“We also aim at achieving our collective goals of creating a robust legislative framework that protects the interest of our people.
“Going forward in this wise, we are going to employ all legislative instruments for the support of the indigenes of Lagos.
“There would be laws and resolutions in the areas of economy and commerce, property and titles and we will reverse all that are reversible to protect the interest of the indigenes,” he said in his acceptance speech after he was unanimously elected as speaker of the assembly.
Reacting to the development, an observer, who spoke to Tori Media on condition of anonymity, noted that other states in Nigeria may respond harshly and replicate same to Yorubas in their various states.
The result, he said, will be that other states may return all the Yorubas in Nigeria back to Lagos state, the result of which is that tribalism will continue to fester.
He warned non-Yoruba residents in Lagos to stop investing hard-earned monies in Lagos and to stop building houses in the state.
According to him, things might get worse in the future, hence the imperative to sell off their properties while they can.
He noted that the plan includes using obnoxious laws to reclaim lands already sold out to non-indigenes in Lagos