Lagos, Archbishop condemns ethnic
profiling, calls for peace
CATHOLIC Archbishop of Lagos State, Most Rev. Alfred Adewale Martins has condemned all forms of ethnic profiling, utterances and violence witnessed in the state due to elections.
In a statement signed by the Director of Social Communications, Rev. Fr. Anthony Godonu Martins, he urged the Lagos State Government, to, as a matter of urgency, call all political parties to order and to put in place machinery for urgent restoration of peace and normalcy.
He also called on everyone to put a stop to the spread of hate speech and fake news and to shun all forms of rancour.
“The divisive comments and behaviours, particularly along the ethnic or tribal line, is not
conducive to good neighbourliness and peaceful coexistence.”
“If the trend is not quickly checked, it could truncate the peaceful coexistence of residents of the state,” he said.
He implored law enforcement agencies to safeguard the lives and property of all residents irrespective of tribe, religion, or ethnic group.
“Ethnic and discriminatory comments making the rounds, especially on social media, are not a reflection of the true nature of Lagosians, who are known to be peace-loving, accommodating and cosmopolitan, including by promoting inter-tribal marriages for many decades.”
“We are all equal before God. We are Nigerians and have lived and interacted together as one people for decades in Lagos and other parts of our country.”