Statement from the Oba of Lagos palace regarding a comment attributed to
him allegedly threatening the Igbos if they don’t vote for Ambode this
Saturday. Read below…
My attention has been drawn to a publication in a national
newspaper where HRM Oba Riliwanu Akinolu was alleged to have threatened
Igbos in Lagos to make them vote for Ambode.
Last Sunday, all
honorary Eze Ndigbos in Lagos paid a courtesy call to HRM Oba Akinolu.
At the meeting the visitors praised the Oba for his fatherly support for
and cooperation with Igbos in. Lagos. They assured him of their
continued good neighborliness with other tribes in Lagos and support
everything that’ll further strengthen that harmony.
on his part acknowledged the enviable performance of Governor Fashola
and his contribution to the growth of investments in Lagos. He gave the
assurance that he is not disturbed or angry with South-East and South-
South votes for President Jonathan as perceived by the Eze Ndigbos. The
Obas thereafter called on the Igbos chiefs to show appreciation to Lagos
State by supporting his candidate Mr. Ambode for continuity of
excellence as they have earlier promised.
his continued support and assistance where needed and the meeting ended
with the traditional breaking of kolas, alligator pepper, and bitter
kola and pouring of liberation on the ground. It was within this context
that that the tradition of Lagos with regard to the lagoon came up. It
was noted that whoever works against the throne and the interest and
peaceful co-existence of Lagos would end up in the lagoon as per
have not betrayed the throne. Lagos has also not betrayed the Igbo
people. Lagos has done so much to make the Igbos comfortable and to
prosper. For this, we expect reciprocal respect and understanding. The
Oba of Lagos prays that the Lagoon and the throne will continue to bless
and protect all those who reside and visit Lagos.
Akiolu is the father of all irrespective of tribe, religion or political
persuasion. In Lagos, we have an old traditional proverb that relates
to the Lagoon. The Lagoon is unique to Lagos. The proverb stresses the
need for unity and understanding when you do business in an environment
and in this case when you live and do business in Lagos.