Militancy: Yoruba, Ijaw communities play “Unity match”


The Yoruba and Ijaw communities in Lagos State on Saturday held a football match amid other cultural displays to foster unity and peaceful co-existence among them.

The move came amid heightened militancy in the state which led to some people accusing the Ijaws of perpetrating the act.

In recent times in the state, there has been a wave of pipeline vandalism which has left many dead, kidnappings and violent robberies in areas like Arepo, Ikorodu and Igando.

Many of the hoodlums are said to have carried out the nefarious acts using the waterways, a development that led people to suspect that it was the Ijaws that were responsible.

The competition tagged “Unity Match”, was organised by the Lagos Chapter of Ijaw National Congress at the Navy Barracks Football Pitch, Marine Beach, Ajegunle.

The event was graced by Yinka Odumakin, National Publicity Secretary, Afenifere Pan Yoruba Cultural Organisation, Keku Patrick, Chairman, Ijaw National Congress, Lagos Chapter, and Boma Johnbul, Chairman Ijaw Youth Council.

Other dignitaries are Rafiu Ladipo, President of the Nigeria Football Supporters Club (NFSC) and Denznil Kentebe, National Organiser, Ijaw Congress and Sikaboro Alex, Chairman Ijaw Traditional Council of Chiefs, Lagos Chapter.

The match ended 2-1 in favour of the Yoruba team with the crowd from both communities entertained by a Lagos-based Niger Delta Wrestling Group.

The spectators were treated to cultural music by the Ijaw Youth Cultural Dancers and the Nigerian Football Supporters Club (NFSC) band.

Odumakin said that the Unity Match was to show the public that the two communities were not at war now but will continue to live in peace and harmony.

He, however, urged the Lagos State Government to intensify efforts in fishing out the criminals responsible for the vandalism of oil pipelines at Arepo and other parts of the state.

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Source:: PM Newspaper