The Bill presented to the National Assembly by Senator Oluremi Tinubu (Lagos Central) seeking a special status for Lagos State has received the support of a chieftain of Anambra State All Progressive Congress (APC), Nze Modestus Umenzekwe.
Umenzekwe said yesterday in Awka that Lagos State was being marginalised by the Federal Government.
He argued that the bill, if re-presented and refused by some senators, it would mean that another seed of permanent discord was being planted by the nation’s lawmakers.
The APC chieftain said with the country’s 70 per cent gross domestic product (GDP) coming from Lagos alone, “Nigeria should realise what the state stands for in the country”.
He said: “Lagos is the largest employer of labour in Nigeria. Look at the population of Lagos as at 1991; it was 5,687,781. As at 1996, Lagos requested for the creation of 51 local government areas, but was recommended for 39 local government areas by the Arthur Mbanefo Committee on Local Government creation and boundary adjustments.
“Lagos can be seen in my own analysis as being cheated and the Bill presented by Senator Tinubu should be revisited. It is only in Lagos State that a non-indigene was given an elective office.
“Lagos State remains a state that you can never experience discrimination in both political appointment, acquisition of land and erection of both private and commercial structures.
“Senator Tinubu should be thanked for reminding some of us that Lagos should be given a special status based on the above citations. The bill, if represented and refused, it means that we are sowing seed of future permanent discord in our dear country.”
“Even the religious problem that is quietly coming to bear in this country is not noticed in Lagos. Senator Oluremi Tinubu is a Christian married to a Muslim and they brought peace, concord and harmony quite unlike other states.”