The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Mudashiru Obasa has stated that Lagos belongs to the indigenous Yorubas and it is not a no man’s land.
Hon Obasa stated this in his acceptance speech as a third-term speaker of the Lagos Parliament and the inauguration of the 10th Lagos assembly on Tuesday.
This comes against the backdrop of the ethno-political and religious divides between lagosians during the recent 2023 national elections.
In the presidential and gubernatorial elections, many Igbos backed the Labour Party’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi, and the LP’s state governorship candidate, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour.
However, this development drew criticism after the governing All Progressives Congress, APC’s presidential candidate Asiwaju Bola Tinubu was defeated by Obi in Lagos on February 25.
The Honourable Speaker further stated that the state legislature will implement new property and business ownership rules in the state.
Speaking during the Lagos parliament inauguration, Obasa said, “There would be laws…in the areas of economy and commerce, property and titles, and we will reverse all that is reversible to protect the interest of the indigenes”.
“Lagos is a 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,” he added.
The new land and property rules, according to the speaker, will solely benefit indigenous people.
“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 is reversible to protect the interest of the indigenes” he added