LAGOS TRADE FAIR- MASOB ANGRY WITH OSINBAJO
The leadership of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign state of Biafra (MASSOB) have frown on the several publications credited to the Bureau for Public Enterprise (BPE) on the concession of the Lagos International Trade Fair Complex’s purported revocation. We are particularly piqued by the boasting of the DG of BPE that Professor Nick Ezeh, the chairman of Aulic Nigeria Limited, whose company is the management concessionaire of Trade Fair Complex was arrested and detained by the EFCC on the petition by the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment. MASSOB as a stakeholder and a factor in the affairs of Ndigbo will continue to defend, uphold and protect the integrity, honour and good image of Ndigbo in Nigeria and diaspora. It appears that the services of the EFCC was engaged by the Federal ministry who could not stand the superior presentations at the Federal High Court on the litigation of a civil matter involving a private company and the BPE over the concession. MASSOB described this illegality as a clear act of impunity and oppression against Ndigbo who are major stakeholders in the complex and we will not allow Igbo leaders to be humiliated using the EFCC as an agent of intimidation and harassment.
While we shall support genuine fight against corruption in the system, we will resist any attempt to deprive good people their right, mostly the selfless philanthropist whose goodwill has been affected by the citizens. MASSOB advice the federal government to set up an independent investigation about this illegal detention of an erudite scholar who, on invitation by the EFCC, attended, only to be illegally detained for some 25 days without any court order.
We also call on the Buhari Administration to investigate the high-level corruption and connivance of the BPE, the old Trade Fair Management Board (TMB) and the officials of the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment with a view to unravelling the mystery behind the non-implementation of the concession agreement signed since 2007. This is a case of economic sabotage that must be tackled squarely to deter further illegal encroachment as there cannot exist two concessions and dual management for the complex.
We are following the development with keen interest. We enjoin the Federal government to resist all acts of coercion and follow due process in resolving conflicts associated with the concession agreement.