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Dele Farotimi Reacts To The Claim That GRV Is Not A Yoruba Man Because His Mother Is Igbo

There has been so much back and forth over the identity of Gbadebo Rhodes Vivour, the Governorship Candidate of the Labour Party. Dele Farotimi, a Nigerian Lawyer and a Civil Rigjt Activist has reacted to the assertions that Gbadebo Rhodes Vivour is an Igbo man because his father married an Igbo woman. The Lawyer who grieved over the agenda as he stated that this does not replicate the nature of Lagos which is all about coexistence. 

Farotimi argued that the Igbos have been living in Lagos for a large number of years and the Yoruba have intermarried with their people. He alleged that they find it embarrassing that this narrative is being popped up against the Labour Party candidate. In what he saw as a distraction, he pointed out that the campaign should be about the issues and not the ethnicity of any candidate in the election race. 

He said, ''When you find people who know the truth but finds a basis to justify their hatred which blinds them from what they should see. They are telling you all of a sudden that a person born of a Yoruba person to an Igbo mother is no longer a Yoruba. They are justifying hatred. These same people were so progressive in their thinking that they claimed they were the first to start appointing Igbo commissioners.

They are progressive when they need to be, but when it serves their purposes to demonize to divide. They remember very quickly that one man is no longer Yoruba because he married an Igbo woman. And at the end of the day, they want us to have this debate. They want us to be debating nonsense when we should be facing issues. The issues are how is it impossible that in a state that is more or less underwater. That the whole of Lekki Peninsula does not have a square inch of pipe born water after 24 years of the genius of Bourdillon.'' 

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