The Arewa community in Lagos is divided over the planned relocation of Mile 12 market.
Some members of the community have declared their support for the move, the leadership of Arewa traders in the market has condemned it. The traders alleged that their kinsmen who are supporting the move are “backstabbers”.
When Governor Akinwunmi Ambode spoke about the market’s planned relocation after the Agiliti riot, president of the Arewa community declared the group’s support for the proposal.
The group also condemned former Kano State Governor Rabiu Kwakwanso for trying to mediate with the Lagos State government to reconsider its plan.
But the leadership of the Amalgamated Foodstuff, Ram and Cattle Dealers Association expressed surprise over the statement, describing it as very unfortunate.
The Financial Secretary of the Mile 12 traders association, who is also the youth leader, APC, Lagos Arewa community, Alhaji Shehu Usman, said the community’s efforts to be peaceful with others is being destroyed by what he called a deliberate spread of falsehood.
Usman, who described the action of the leadership of the Arewa community as suspicious, said: “We know the sponsor of that story. But it is very unfortunate that the person is an Arewa like us. The question that should agitate the mind of anybody is which kind of person would work against the interest of his people? It is a sad commentary on how far some people will go to destroy a good thing for their selfish interest.