Foreigners have taken over our lands in Ibadan —CCII president
By Tunde Ogunesan

THE President, Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes (CCII), Chief Bayo Oyero, has raised the alarm over the nonchalant attitude of Ibadan indigenes towards being identified with their family houses and villages which he said has led to ‘foreigners’ taken over the city. Chief Oyero made this submission while contributing to the topic of the annual lecture of the Oluyole Club, Lagos, 2013 party, held at the Kakanfo Inn, Ibadan, at the weekend. He said: “Our shadows are going low and the principle with which Ibadan is known for has demised. Ibadan is the political base of South-West politics, but recently, such meeting was held in Akure, Ondo State, and we were invited to come. Things are gradually turning the opposite way now.

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“Many of us who live in Ibadan do not allow our children to visit our family houses. Foreigners have taken over our villages because all our lands have been sold to strangers. We need to address this issue on time because they (foreigners) will soon take over Ibadan totally. Tenants, who are strangers, occupy majority of the family houses in Ibadan and nobody is saying anything, we must not keep quiet,” said Chief Oyero, who also canvassed for a bigger forum to proffer solution to the problem.

Former Federal Head of Service, Professor Oladapo Afolabi, delivered the lecture, entitled: ‘Kindling the bubbling Ibadan’.

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