Nigerian actor Yul Edochie has advised Nigerians against tribalism and urged them to embrace unity. The thespian’s plea comes on the heels of bitter tribal arguments online following the emergence of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the winner of the 2023 presidential election.
Yul Edochie also condemned those who describe Lagos as “no man’s land,’’ insisting that it belongs to the Yoruba ethnic group. He would go on to state that he has been living in Lagos since 2011 and built his house in the state without suffering any form of discrimination.
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“I’ve lived in Lagos since 2011. Built my house in Lagos. Not once have I experienced any form of hate or rejection from the Yorubas. Anytime Yoruba boys see me on the street, they gather to greet me, and it’s all love always. And this talk flying around that Lagos is a no man’s land is wrong. Lagos is a Yoruba state in Yoruba land.’’
Yul would go further to liken the description of Lagos as a “no man’s land” to Anambra State.
“Imagine someone saying that Anambra is a no man’s land. That’s crap. Anambra is an Igbo land. You can’t come into someone’s land and tell that person it’s now a no man’s land. Na you dey find trouble. Nobody can deny the fact that the Igbos have contributed immensely to the development of Lagos. Other tribes have contributed in their own ways too and the Yorubas have been largely accommodating as well. It shouldn’t take away the fact that Lagos is a Yoruba land. We no dey drag ownership. Let’s kill tribalism before it kills us.’’
Yul Edochie is the son of legendary Nollywood actor Pete Edochie. Just like his father, he has established himself as one of Nigeria’s best actors.