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Igbo Traders Kick As Shade Tinubu Shuts Down Lagos Int’l Trade Fair Market

Shade Tinubu orders closure of  Lagos Int’l Trade Fair market

Funsho Akinwale

The association of Igbo traders has mapped out a showdown with Shade Tinubu-Ojo after she ordered the closure of Lagos International Trade Fair Complex on Wednesday.

The daughter of the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress and permanent chairman, Lagos State Markets Board, is on the verge of taking over the administration of all public and private owned markets in Lagos State, the reason she commenced the operation with the Lagos Trade Fair Complex.

Though the traders, most of whom are strictly Igbos, had authorization of the Federal Government to open their shops and businesses there, Folashade has ostensibly gained control of all markets operating in federal spaces in the city of Lagos with APC in power at the centre, .

There are reports that other markets mostly dominated by the Igbos, including Computer Village and Ladipo Market, may also be relocated elsewhere to break down the electoral strength of the Igbos before 2023 general elections

Many believe Shade, being a staunch member of the ruling party, deliberately hit back on Igbo dominated markets over support given to the main opposition, People’s Democratic Party, during the 2019 general elections.

With the offensive move by Shade against Igbo businessmen in Lagos, the union has vowed to put in place all measures to neutralize the interests of Igbos in the state.

As part of their resolution, the union will order its members to stop acquiring properties in the state while all manufacturing concerns of the Igbos will be moved to the South East states.

Recall that Shade, the mother of one, succeeded her late grandmother, Alhaja Abibat Mogaji, as the Iyaloja General of Nigeria.

Since she took over the mantle of leadership of the Nigerian markets through her father’s influence, she has become a force to reckon with in the corridors of power.