We Are Being Marginalised In Lagos, Ilaje Community Alleges

By Eniola Daniel
One of the dominant tribal groups in Lagos, Ilaje, under the umbrella of Egbe OmoIlaje, Lagos State chapter has alleged marginalisation, intimidation to frustrate the tribe from its various settlement across the state by the Lagos State government.

The group said this at the ongoing maiden edition of Ilaje Day in Lagos. The colourful cultural activities by the group is meant to celebrate, showcase oneness, strength, cultures and traditions that are unique to the 4.5 million indigents of the tribe living in Lagos

According to the president, Egbe Omo Ilaje, Raphael Irawonu Iwamitigha, there are over three million illegible voters from the tribe in Lagos. We did not take advantage of our over three million illegible voters population in Lagosthe last time but we are prepare and ready to make judicious use of the number in the 2019 general election. The era of marginalisation of the Ilajes in Lagos State is over.

“We may be seen as a small tribal group but we spread across the globe, go to the U.S, Russia, UK and other part of the world, as long as there is water, you will see our people there.

“After we might have developed the slums, making them look good and beautiful to some extent, the government will now come up that they want to develop the area instead of appreciating our efforts and help us further in making it nicer, they take over our land, demolish our buildings and make our people homeless, this is our of our major challenge in Lagos State.

“Our forefathers were among the first four settlers in Lagos State and because of our occupation(Fishing) they settled predominantly along the coastal line.

“We want to tell the world that Ilaje is a race that is proud of her uniqueness. If you remove oil, the next occupation that is equivalent to it is Fishing, you can become a billionaire in fishing but unfortunately, most people see our people as illiterate and forgot that Universities have department of Fishery.

We are very advance in education and that is why we have book in our logo, we are knowledgeable; we have occupied good positions in government but every Ilaje sees Nigeria as a home for all, unlike other tribes who go tribal line, developing their area alone whenever they occupy any government position.

On his part, the chairman, Egbe Omo Ilaje, Lagos State Council, Comrade Bode Thomas Ojabogun, said, “Egbe Omo Ilaje is the apex socio-cultural organization of the Ilaje nation founded around 1930 at Ebutte-Metta in response to some of the hard-line postures of the colonial masters and repressive activities of other ethnic tribes in the old Lagos. “We spread across the state with voting power of over three million so, it is important to come together under a roof and seek a way forward, to promote unity among the llaje sub-cultural group throughout the federation and beyond.

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