Alleged anti-Igbo comment: What Oba Akiolu really said — Palace

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The palace of the Oba of , Rilwan Akiolu, has issued a statement, clarifying the Oba’s statement when Igbo leaders in Lagos visited him on . Read full statement below. THE PALACE MAKES FURTHER CLARIFICATION ON THE STATEMENT BY THE OBA OF LAGOS. ‎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 . 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. Oba Akiolu 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. He assured them of 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 tradition. 2.Oba Akiolu stated further that the Igbo people 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. 3. Oba 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. Oba Akiolu prays for peace for the land of Lagos and prosperity for all its inhabitants. Signed: Chief Lateef Aderibigbe Ajose, Opeluwa of Lagos April 6, 2015 Credits: Premium Times


  1. Shobande Keymon Yomi

    April 6, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    I support Akiolu.
    He’s said Enough

  2. Sandra Chinasa Deborah

    April 6, 2015 at 4:46 pm

    Y did d heading abt dis matter appeared so conflicting early 2day? Some of Nigerian social media need a total orientation on news matter. The Oba did not ask much.

  3. Chiamaka Emmanuella Onuoha

    April 6, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    Nice speech Oba u did well by writing this down we appreciate.

  4. Sandra Chinasa Deborah

    April 6, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    Y did d heading abt dis matter appeared so conflicting early 2day? Some of Nigerian social media need a total orientation on news matter. The Oba did not ask 4 much.

  5. Louis Offor

    April 6, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    Hmmm…how on earth did they first attribute the initial lies they were spreading about his advice and statement? He only cited a parable that only the wise and discerning mind could understand. I don’t want to believe IGBOS are that petty. Oh…politics what it could cause…it is indeed a dirty game!

  6. Eunice Aigbokhae

    April 6, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    The great Oba U have said nothing wrong. Long live your kingdom.

  7. Grace Aigbokhae

    April 6, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    Well said Sir.

  8. Ndubuisi Oscar

    April 7, 2015 at 7:54 am

    OK we don here.

  9. Tyra Bello

    April 7, 2015 at 10:03 am