Lagos State House Speaker, Mudashiru Obasa, Outlines Agenda for Enacting Protective Laws for Indigenous Individuals and Businesses
Mudashiru Obasa, the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, has unveiled plans to introduce legislation and regulations aimed at safeguarding the interests of Yoruba indigenes in property acquisition and business endeavors. In his acceptance speech for a third term as Speaker and during the inauguration of the 10th Lagos assembly, Obasa emphasized the intention of the legislative body to prioritize the enactment of laws that would favor Yoruba indigenes.
Highlighting the significance of Lagos as a Yoruba land, the Speaker asserted that contrary to claims suggesting it as a “no man’s land,” the Assembly’s legislative agenda would focus on translating laws into the Yoruba language. Quoted by People’s Gazette, Obasa confirmed the APC-controlled state legislature’s commitment to utilizing “all legislative instruments” to promote the interests of indigenes over other tribes.
Obasa further emphasized the goal of establishing a robust legislative framework that protects the welfare of the people. To achieve this, the Assembly intends to introduce laws and resolutions in areas such as the economy, commerce, property, and titles, with the objective of safeguarding the interests of indigenes. The aim is to reverse any reversible measures and ensure the protection of indigenous rights.
It is worth noting that the 2023 presidential and gubernatorial elections witnessed political rivalries between Yoruba and Igbo politicians within the APC and their respective supporters, as well as with the Labour Party. During this period, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour, the gubernatorial candidate from the Labour Party of Igbo origin, faced criticism and negative campaigns. In response, the United States issued a statement condemning the alleged suppression of Igbo voting in Lagos during the March 18 gubernatorial election and announced immigration restrictions on those deemed responsible.