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Anambra commends Fashola on apology to Ndigbo

By The Citizen
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The Anambra government on Friday described the apology tendered by Gov. Raji Fashola of Lagos State over the deportation of 72 persons to Onitsha as 'courageous'.

In a statement from the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Oseloka Obaze, the government said on Friday that there was no need trying to parse the apology.

“I do not know if Gov. Fashola apologised to Gov. Peter Obi, but I know they are in touch.

“As regards Gov. Fashola’s apology to the Igbo, he apologised and that is it. There is no need trying to parse his apology, as some are trying to do.

“Gov. Fashola has shown himself to be a courageous, noble and an honourable man. As a politician, Gov. Fashola is a blessing to Lagos State and Nigeria,'' the statement said.

In September, Fashola tendered an unreserved apology to the Igbo over the deportation of some destitute to Onitsha, Anambra, by his administration in July.

In his apology at the Silver Jubilee Symposium of the Igbo socio-cultural think tank, `Aka Ikenga', at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs in Lagos, the governor said the action of his government was misunderstood.

“People who clearly do not understand the actions taken and words spoken are those I owe an explanation.

“I cannot take the Igbo for granted because we have built a relationship based on tolerance, mutual respect, love and trust,'' he said.