Akiolu: Abia traditional rulers react to threat against Igbos

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attention of State Council of  Rulers has been drawn to  shocking comments credited to the revered Oba of Lagos, His Royal Majesty, Oba Rilwanu Akiolu, regarding his expected voting pattern of the in Lagos, which comments has raised a lot of public interest within and outside the country.

These comment, in a nutshell, tends to threaten   and others  in Lagos with dire consequences should they vote against his anointed and preferred gubernatorial candidate – Akinwunmi Ambode of APC.

We wish to state as a body that we are alarmed at unguarded and most unfortunate statements of Oba. As Rulers, we must at all times adorn toga of non-partisanship in line with the divine role we are privileged to play in the society.

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We must state that the Constitution of the Federal of Nigeria guarantees all freedom to live anywhere in the country and to carry on lawful and legitimate businesses in any part of the country. Our said constitution equally guarantees all  freedom of association including that of holding public opinion on any issue which however includes political.

The who constitute a sizeable  of the of Lagos State have made and are still making valuable contributions to the development of that State. The Igbos will not allow anybody matter how highly placed in the society and under any guise whatsoever to cajole, intimidate or cow them into subverting their constitutional rights of freedom to choose where they live or do business in the country or what political opinions to hold.

Our council, in the light of the foregoing, condemns in very strong terms, the comments of the Oba of Lagos as contained in various media reports as same is obviously ill-advised and unacceptable in a country where we all share a common dream.

We are very confident that the Oba will not carry out his threat irrespective of who emerges as the Governor of Lagos State after April 11 elections because we know that he was not enthroned to supervise the total destruction of our dear Lagos. However, we urge the Igbos in Lagos and others to be vigilant and take the issues of the of their lives and that of their properties seriously in the days ahead.

Furthermore, we urge them to exercise their civic responsibility by voting according to their conscience and conviction and in utter disregard of the unguarded statements of the Oba of Lagos which has place in a modern and egalitarian society as Nigeria.



HRM Eze Eberechi N. Dick, JP​​​


State Council of Rulers


HRM Eze Dr. D.A. Chionye,

1st Deputy Chairman,

State Council of Traditional Rulers


HRM Eze S.A. Okorie,

2nd Deputy Chairman,

Abia State Council of Traditional Rulers   
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