Yesterday, the personal resident of previous President Olusegun Obasanjo in Abeokuta, was besieged by numerous protesters that are indigenes of Sango as well as Ijoko in Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area of Ogun state,urges him to prevail on Governor Ibikunle Amosun over the creation of Local Council Development Area and also boundary adjustment.
According to Vanguard, the angry protesters comprising of community leaders, market women, youths, traditional rulers and religious groups, urged the former president to intervene in the controversy surrounding the location of Ota LCDA so as to avoid repeat of Ife and Modakeke riot.
It was also learnt that the protesters were armed with placards with various inscriptions such as: “Please, let us avoid a repeat of Ife and Modakeke’, ‘Let our boundary from time immemorial remain’, ‘For continuous peace, don’t merge us with Ota LCDA’ and ‘We are one since centuries, don’t divide us now,” among others.
The protest was a new twist over the proposed creation of 37 LCDAs out of the existing 20 local government areas by the Governor Ibikunle Amosun-led administration.
Though Obasanjo was said to be away at the time of the visit, the protesters submitted a petition at his residence for ‘necessary action.’
The traditional ruler of Igan community in the area, Chief Idowu Olaniyi, who addressed newsmen, said that they decided to seek Obasanjo’s intervention being as a chief of Egbaland, because the issue affects the Egba people.
“We want Obasanjo to help us talk to the authorities to stop their move to divide Sango. Egba people in the area are suffering. The boundary arrangement in the proposed LCDA would make us lose all the basic amenities belonging to Sango communities to Ota area of the local government,” he said.