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Day Ebira Indigenes Honour Their Asiwaju in Lagos

Posted: Oct 5, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Emmanuel Udom Lagos

The Asiwaju of Ebiraland in Lagos, Prince Yakubu Sanni Momoh, will not forget last Thursday in a hurry. It was the day indigenes of the confluence state, dressed in their best traditional attires, stormed his palace, located at Ibafon in Apapa area of Lagos, in celebrations mood.

Our correspondent, who covered the event, observed that as early as 10a.m, the Ebiras from Ikorodu, Ojo, Ikeja, Agege, Badagry, Surulere, Iju, Iyana-Ipaja, Ikotun, Igando, Egan, Apapa, Ajegunle, Ketu and Victoria Island, among others arrived the palace and began to sing the praises of the Asiwaju.

Momoh, in his welcome address said that the Ebiras, whose numeral strength in Lagos, the commercial nerve centre of Nigeria, is estimated at 1.7 million people, were the first non-indigenes to arrive Lagos in the 18th century, closely followed by the Aworis.

Excited, the Asiwaju thanked his people for the visit and assured them that with guidance and inspiration from God almighty and the backing and cooperation by his people, the Ebiras will continue to speak with one voice national issues in Nigeria.

Speaking with our correspondent during the visit, Prince Momoh said that the visit also provided an opportunity for the Ebiras to rub minds on when to install   a new Ohinoye for Ebiras residing at Ikeja in Lagos at a date to be announced later.

Some of the notable Ebira indigenes in Lagos that attended the crucial meeting were: Alhaji Ahmed Yussuf, the General Secretary, Meminat Mutard from Festac Town; Yusuf Akoba from Ikeja, Alhaji Ahmed Jatoro, also from Ikeja, Stephen Jonah, the Chief Whip, Mallam Idris Salau, Apapa, Alhaji Umaru Shehu and Alhaji Aliu Abdul from Ikorodu.

Others were: Ahmed Isa from Ojo, Chief Salu Ibrahim from Ikorodu, Mrs Zanaib Abdulahi, the Women Leader from Ojo and Badagry, Mallam Yakubu Yusuf from Agege and Alhaji Idris Umah, among others.