…Says agitators seeking cheap publicity

Coalition of Ibile Professionals, yesterday, defended the choice of Nobel Laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka as co-chair of the Lagos at 50 Celebration Committee.

In a statement by its General Secretary, Alhaji Wasiu Hassan, the group described members of Eko Foundation as rabble-rousers and noise makers seeking cheap publicity and attention for relevance.

Alhaji Hassan stated that Lagos State is made up of five divisions namely Ikeja, Badagry, Ikorodu, Lagos Island and Epe, adding that all the divisions are relevant for the progress of the state.

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He condemned insinuations that indigenes had been marginalised just because some Eko Foundation members, who are exclusively from the Lagos Island division, lost out in  appointments.

Hassan said Lagos Island division enjoyed the seat of power in Lagos in the last eight years as against other divisions, and that the Coalition of Ibile Professionals will resist any campaign of calumny against Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, who, he said, has been successfully balancing the state affairs and appointments to the excitement of all divisions of the state.

Alhaji Hassan vowed that members of Coalition of Ibile Professionals will not fold their arms and allow some indigenes with foreign names usurp stable and peaceful co-existence in the state.

“We should be grateful for having Chief Rasheed Gbadamosi and Prof Soyinka appointed by a governor who has recognised their qualities to add glamour and depth to an international event for the celebration of a cosmopolitan city like Lagos…”