Nigerian lawmaker stirs up controversy over rights of indigenes.

The Speaker of the Lagos house of assembly, in Southwest Nigeria has said the legislature in the state will make laws in the areas of property and economy to protect indigenes of the state.

His comments come just two days after he was unanimously reelected as speaker.

Lagos state has a population of over fifteen million people. It is a multi-ethnic and multi religious society. But the Yoruba speaking people are the majority and have lived there for hundreds of years.

The Speaker, Mudashiru Obasa, said Lagos is a “Yoruba land” and that laws passed by the assembly will now be translated to Yoruba language.

His comments have elicited sharp rebukes from the opposition.

The Labour Party governorship candidate in the state for the 2023 election, Gbadebo Rhodes Vivour is one of those who have condemned the comments made by Mr. Obasa,

He cautioned the Speaker against laws that will divide Lagos residents along ethnic lines.

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