Two political leaders in Lagos Island are upset over remarks credited to the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, denigrating Igbos in Lagos State.
Former Lagos Island Local Government Area Chairman, Mr. Lukman Ajose and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain, Chief Babatunde Olorogun Etti, warned the monarch to stop using his power, position and influence, to deepen the crisis in the state.
“Instead of teaching non-indigenes to hate, we must socialise with them so that they learn cooperation and peacefulness. The Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu should stop politicking. If he is interested in politics, he should remove our crown, keep it safely and join a political party of his choice” they advised.
At a stakeholders meeting in Lagos Island on Tuesday, the leaders said the action of the monarch raised concerns over rights and freedom of non-Yoruba in Lagos State.
They accused the monarch of overstepping the mark and acting as a policeman, urging him to promote peaceful co-existence and behaviour.
“This is not a village where the head can tell his subjects to vote a particular candidate or political party. The people are determined to end Bola Tinubu’s reign in Lagos State. PDP has a bright chance. Even, many All Progressives Congress (APC) members want Jimi Agbaje to be governor of the state” the leaders claimed.
They insisted that the governorship election in the state was “a matter for the electorate”. The leaders,however, urged the electorate to remain resolute.
“Don’t be afraid of any threat. Lagos is for all and Lagosians are very accommodative” they added.