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Oba of Lagos denies threatening Ndigbo


oba of Lagos Akiolu

Oba of Lagos

OBA of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, yesterday denied ever threatening Ndigbo in Lagos ahead of the gubernatorial election holding this Saturday.

Akiolu, in a statement yesterday, said the threats in questions were directed at those working against his throne and neither at Igbo nor to cajole any ethnic group to vote for his candidate, Akinwunmi Ambode of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The palace, in a clarification signed by Opeluwa of Lagos, Lateef Aderibigbe Ajose, said the Lagos monarch had no grouse with non-indigenes in the state and he remains father of all Lagos residents.

Recounting what transpired and led to the alleged threats, Ajose explained that all honorary Eze Ndigbos in Lagos paid a courtesy call to Oba Akiolu last Sunday.

And at the meeting, the visitors praised the Oba for his fatherly support for and cooperation with Igbo in Lagos and 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 Babatunde Fashola and his contributions to the growth of investments in Lagos.

Akiolu gave the assurance that he is not disturbed or angry at Southeast and South- South votes for President Jonathan as perceived by the Eze Ndigbos. The Oba thereafter called on the Igbo chiefs to show appreciation to Lagos State by supporting Ambode for continuity of excellence as they have earlier promised.

“Akiolu assured them of his continued support‎ and assistance where needed and the meeting ended with the traditional breaking of kola, alligator pepper, and bitter kola and pouring of libation 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.

“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 Igbo 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.

“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,” the statement further read.

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  • lion’s jewel.

    Shame on him for denying wat was caught on tape….shame!

  • ifeanyi

    Guardian, WHY painting this issue without attaching the stament of the Oba or his ausio/video clip of the aforesaid threat???:::The Oba categoricaly stated that Igbo’s will end up inside lagoon if they ever voted against APC candidate….He said it without a missing word that He should be called a bastard if he didnt carry out his threat after 7days…A SHAMELESS Oba with a diabolic mindset. Lets watch out and see you ending like the olden Pharoah.

    • ayobami

      u r such a fool, u wnt to issue out of proportion? or do u wnt to start trouble that u can not end. u beta mind urself. can any non indigiene dictate who to govern ur own state, hw can u nw come here to dictate to us. its u people dont wnt to live in peace…

      • SESS_Republic

        Are you saying that Nigeria should forget democracy.Because of your vicious jealousy against igbos, you ‘all have also taken Jimi agbaje to be igbo man.

      • Lexy

        Than is why fools like you will always be govern by idiots

      • Kola Koleola

        Go,look at yourself in the mirror while you repeat this stupidity to yourself. Ato’le

      • Auta62

        Bros, your Oba has erred, so coming up with excuses to justify his utterances is callous, malicious and wicked to say the least. Lagos is a cosmopolitan state that does not require such ranting from this your Oba. He has unwittingly let the cat out of the bag, paving the way for the defeat of his party, APC nay his candidate. He and all those supporting him in this public show of shame should get ready to end up in the Lagoon soonest.

  • Benbella

    What do you expect him to say , those Lazy Oba….Big Fool !!!!!!

  • Alaowerri

    Your Lowness, but we watched the video recording of the event and heard you give those threats and curse with your own mouth. You have disappointed those who admire you and lost credibility among the Ndiigbo. Those who admire APC will still vote the candidate not because of the trash you said. Your curse will come heavily on you and your family because you must close the circle you started.

  • behef

    medicine after death

  • Godforgivenigerianpoliticians

    Bellow was a photograph I snapped when the video was playing. It is unfortunate that the video could not be uploaded here. If anybody know how I can upload it please let him or her tell me so that those who was not opportuned to hear the statement will hear it and see what they are denying. The world has almost turned upside down that even an Oba that people should look up to can deny what was on video. Oba ona aruzi guy? Nawaooh your ancestors can never be happy with you. Oba we know you are not a saint, so you could have said you are sorry for the threat than to shame yourself trying to deny.

  • Osanebi Osakuni

    This Oba is one of the idiots that have found themselves in positions of authority. He is an ex-policeman, it is not surprising that he is denying his statement. A real compound fool

  • danbanza

    But who are these clowns that call themselves ‘Eze Ndigbos’

  • Jemima

    So this Oba is a liar as well as a bully. What a shame.

  • muktar1

    He accepted that he has a candidate-The APC…… It’s a tactics in politics to get the word out not matter how outrageous but his audience have heard and then try to amend the amend the chaos caused but the word is out. It’s left for the people of Lagos State to put the Oba to shame and vote for the PDP then he will go to the Lagoon.

    • Auta62

      What the Oba did bear the inprint of APC. It is either they win by whatever means possible or let the nation go up in flame. I quite agree with you that the Oba must be humiliated by massively voting for PDP to defeat his APC candidate so that they can end up in the Lagoon.

  • AriseNigeria

    All this clowns with limited human development or exposure, with no class or civilization mounts to power, feels they now controls a kingdom, and thereby has power to limit freedom and decides who is alive or who gets dumped in the lagoon. His worst nightmare is about to be realized, Igbos are proud, courageous and fearless group of people, and when a clown like the so-called Oba opens his gutter mouth to ooze out threats like he did, such a threat will have a reverse response, as Igbos will most definitely vote otherwise, to make sure that clowns like Oba gets the message LOUD & CLEAR that Igbos are too strong to be messed with,the powerful Igbos control its destiny and nobody can hold us down. No one.

  • Sunshine

    He can not deny it. I doubted the news and thought it was propaganda until I saw for myself in YouTube where he was ranting and raving. It is such a shame which means there is nothing like One Nigeria if a man of his caliber will gather people to intimidate them and the short man was pleading with him. He forgot that he was a monarch and should not take sides. It is just like The Queen of England, calling on the foreigners and telling them they must vote David Cameron or Ed Miliband because he has given her blessing to either of them. He compounds issues for himself by denying it when he even swore in the name of his Allah if any one goes contrary to his instructions.

  • JustMe

    Can we all for one minute take a deep breathe and put our tribal differences aside. This was never an issue in Lagos. Let it not start now because of the Oba’s unguided utterances. We are a secular state and diversity is the spice that distinguishes Lagos from others. Let’s not let political parties score cheap political points…at the end of the day we would hear they ‘defected’. Trust me, they are not worth it. Let’s go out there and vote according to our conviction – who can do the job! Simple.

  • Auta62

    This Oba and all those speaking for him are bunch of liars. How can he deny threatening Igbos in Lagos when all he said where aptly captured and in public domain. Allowing this agent of darkness still occupying the traditional stool of Lagos beats my imagination.I want to believe that Igbos in Lagos State are preparing documents on this mad man for his prosecution at the ICC.

    • Olufemi Oguntuase

      I believe we should be mindful of what we say about the royal father. Don’t forget that whoever says the mouth of the old ones smell should not forget that he also insults his own father. Calling the King a mad man speaks volumes about your upbringing. It shows that if you were in his shoes you would subject people of your your fore-fathers’ age to ridicule. If you cannot contribute reasonably like others such as Femi Falana, Please keep quiet than allowing God to put a curse on your.

      • Cityman

        Olufemi, there is nothing Royal about a terrorist. It appears terrorism and threats of such are all the Oba and his party can offer. Nigerians should watchout ooooo.

      • AriseNigeria

        “Royal” father, do you actually know what the word “royal” means or implies? Royal means dignified, respectful, and honorable, how does that word “royal” fits a man that wants to drown men, women and children into lagoon, because they failed to heed his call to vote for his preferred candidate. He is an Oba to Yorubas and not to Igbos. If he can throw his Yoruba subjects to lagoon for defying his orders, he must draw a line between his subject and those who are his visitors, if I must use that comparison. He is and will be the first “royal father” in Nigeria to threaten his guest for not supporting one of his anointed son. It is against African tradition to threaten your guest for not just cause.

  • AriseNigeria

    If you ask the “Oba of Lagoon” if he is educated, he will likely boast and present to you his BSN certificate from Obafemi Awolowo University, and he is not alone. There are many primitive and shallow minded clowns who are parading one certificate or the other, sometimes, you hate to use the word “educated”, I guess, you can say rightly that the “oba of lagoon” is an “educated fool” and “deficiently- unenlightened.”

  • OKO

    What is in the best interest of the Igbos in Lagos? have we been accommodated in Lagos by the APC? if not, vote PDP , if yes, vote APC. If the Oba’s comment should be allowed to influence our vote , that will further accentuate the belief that we the igbos hardly learn and will continue to lose out in political dispensation. Let the energy be channeled towards asking the arrogant Oba to apologise and not be spent on anger at APC which has issued several statements condemning the Oba.

  • Femi

    If not bcos of politics, who are the Igbos in Lagos? to dare the Oba of Lagos, and threatening brainstorm and thunder, can they do that in the Northern part of Nigeria? Politics apart, the way this message had bn blown out of proportion is getting out of hand. There is an adage that says; if you snatch the wife of your landlord, definitely you are the one to leave the house, and if the landlord snatches your wife, you are the one to leave the house; if, the way some Igbo miscreants are ranting on the pages are taken beyond this page. True Lagosians will defend their territory with everything they have, and who will leave; it’s the so called “alejos”

    • b98765_p

      Shut up your filthy mouth. Foolish idiot. Your stupid oba just disrespected himself like a kid king he is and you are here ranting. Now who is the land lord and why is he denying what was caught on tape. Disgraceful elements. Good radiance to bad rubbish. Ewu can beer like you.

  • Sunshine

    It is a very big shame and making a fool of himself by denying it. He might as well since he is a monarch go and shut YouTube

  • agu

    Lier, how can a lier be a leader? Only in nigeria