Indigenes of Sango/Ijoko in Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State have appealed to former President Olusegun Obasanjo to wade into the crises generated by the proposed Ijoko/Ota Local Council Development Area, LCDA.
The indigenes, yesterday, took their protest to the hilltop mansion of the former president with a plea that he should intervene in the proposed creation of the LCDAs.
The protesters were earlier at the Ogun State House of Assembly in Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, where they submitted a petition against the proposed Sango/Ijoko LCDA.
Though they didn’t meet Obasanjo as he was said to have travelled out of the country, but the Baale of Igan community, Idowu Jacob Olaniyi, who addressed a press conference at the entrance of Obasanjo’s residence, said the proposed LCDA was meant to short-change Sango Indigenes.
The traditional ruler said the boundary arrangement in the proposed LCDA would cede all the basic amenities belonging to Sango communities to Ota area.
“Our boundary is in Gangan to Abule Ijoko and we don’t want to be merged with Otta. We want to thank the former president for helping us get an LCDA, but we also want to appeal to him to help us talk to the governor on the boundary adjustment.”
Earlier at the Assembly, the protesters, who were armed with placards with various inscriptions like, “Pls, let’s avoid a repeat of Modakeke and Ife, kindly leave us alone”, “For continuous peace, don’t merge us with Otta LCDA”, “We are one since centuries, don’t divide us now”, amongst others, blocked the entrance to the ssembly.
However, the Speaker and his Deputy, Suraj Isola Adekunbi, and Olakunle Oluomo respectively approached the protesters and received the petition from them.
Addressing the protesters, the speaker, who revealed that the Assembly had received over a hundred petitions on the proposed LCDAs, assured that it will be treated in the interest of peace.
He said the petitions contained vital information that will assist the Assembly in doing the right thing before the bill is passed into law.
“Everything is still about the proposed creation of LCDAs and you are here to assist and give us more information to ensure that we do the right thing before the passage of the bill.
“We have received so many petitions, over 100 and we are going to address all of them. We will not do anything except what the people want. These issues will be critically looked into at the right time and I want to appeal to you not to take laws into your hands because the law is made for man and not the other way round.”
Addressing journalists at the Assembly complex, a community leader, Chief Aderemi Quadr, said the communities were against the boundary arrangement because such will take away all their basic amenities including Garage/Market, three primary schools, Sango Community Secondary and the only health centre in the area.

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