APC disowns Oba of Lagos over threat to Igbos

Oba Rilwan Akiolu

The All Progressives Congress has distanced itself from remarks of the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, threatening Igbos living in the state.

During a courtesy visit to the Oba at his palace by Eze Ndigbos (Igbo traditional rulers) of all the local governments in Lagos on Sunday, Mr. Akiolu had said that Igbo residents in the state should cast their votes for the governorship candidate of the APC gubernatorial candidate, Akinwunmi Ambode, or “perish inside the lagoon”.

Several Nigerians and institutions have continued to condemn the comments of the Lagos paramount ruler.
The ruling Peoples Democratic Party, in its reaction described the comments as a “plunge to anarchy”.
Also, Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, has told the Oba to apologise to the Igbo people in Lagos “without delay”.

Also, the Director of Media and Publicity of the People’s Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organisation, Femi Fani-Kayode, described the statement as “ominous and unacceptable” the threat by the Oba.
On Monday, Mr. Ambode had subtly distance himself from the Oba’s remark saying the APC will protect the interest of all ethnic groups.

The APC, after what has been described by critics as much prodding, followed suit saying the Oba does not speak for the party and condemned the comments he made.

Speaking via its twitter handle, the APC said “The Oba of Lagos does not speak for the APC. From General Buhari down to Desmond Elliot, even true APC supporters, no hate speeches made so far.

“Bad is bad, irrespective of where it comes from. We highly condemn the comments made by the highly respected Oba of Lagos in strong terms,” the party said.

APC also said Lagos has been home to all people from across Nigeria. It said successive administrations in the state allow for diversity in the formation of its cabinet.

“Since 99, the Lagos State Government has appointed Commissioners from various parts of Nigeria. It understands diversity is a blessing,” it said.


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  • Frank Bassey

    This is hypocrisy!

  • Aloba..

    Excuse me Editor,

    I am a honorary title-holder in Lagos. I have been following what others are saying here.

    People are saying Oba Rilwanu Akiolu should be deposed on 5th June. I beg to dis-agree.

    I must dis-agree with that. June 5th is a fixed traditional festival date for some Lagos deities.

    Don’t get me wrong, please. I am all for the REMOVAL of Rilwanu Akiolu for GENOCIDE.

    But NOT on 5th of June. The DEPOSITION of Rilwanu Akiolu should be earlier – on 4th June.

    • Libero Lagos

      APC party is a clear and present danger to the entire Yoruba multi-religious society.
      APC is an Islamic Jihad for Islamist supremacy. APC is toxic poison for the Yoruba.
      On 11th April, APC must go in Yorubaland. APC MUST GO ON 11TH APRIL, 2015!!

      If any Igbo man in Lagos is hurt or injured, we shall seize Rilwanu Akiolu in the palace.
      We shall strip Akiolu naked on the street; flog him, and, throw him into Lagos lagoon.
      That is where we stand on this matter with all Igbo Christians . So help us God.

      • femicole

        Every Islamist party – like APC – needs a few servile Christian for votes; so long as
        those few servile Christians – like Akin Ambode – accept the Muslims’ instructions.

        • Norman-Williams

          ..

          • anto

            @frank_bassey:disqus,

            Don’t mind APC. They are looking for excuses all over the place to hide their ISLAMISM.

            They are now saying Mujahedeen Rilwanu Akiolu does not speak for the APC party. Haha!
            Is it not this same Mujahedeen Rilwanu Akiolu that SELECTED Akin Ambode as APC candidate?
            Once APC obeyed the Mujahedeen by endorsing Akin Ambode, it means Akiolu speaks for APC.

          • Gbo_lee

            You know why I like your comment…. Beautifully in truth, it is message to yourself as you are the one looking for silly excuses to hide your tribalistic thinking. Anyone who wanted Ambode for his records will not be affected by the utterances of someone who is neither spokesperson for Ambode or his party, APC. If you wanted an excuse to show how you hate APC so must, be happy, Oba Akiolu gave you one, but that takes nothing away for Ambo’s record as always public servant. that is allow that matters.

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            Bruv, don’t mind him.

            If Oba Akiolu is indeed the “Mujahedeen of APC”, how come his (Oba’s) son did not emerge as the APC candidate in the primaries?

            People like @anto speak before they think about what they are saying.

          • Debra Dickerson

            you just said it all “speaking before thinking” people like @anto can be classified as A
            zombie

          • Debra Dickerson

            point made clearly

          • Debra Dickerson

            no point made.. mumu talk on dis one

        • Omotolaaraujo

          Really? The VP Sambo, in a video posted on You Tube, said whereas the APC presidential candidate, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) was encircled by Christians, while key stakeholders of PDP, except President Goodluck Jonathan, were Muslims.

          He urged the party supporters to dismiss anybody who would tell them that APC was more Muslim-friendly than PDP. PDP, he claimed, had an advantage if religion became a yardstick for choosing which candidate to vote for during the February 14 poll.

          So why are you Terrorists always talking S= H= I= T= about Muslims in the APC? The PDP has defined itself as a mostly Muslim party.

      • Debra Dickerson

        mumu talk on this one

  • McAlfred Uta

    This PR by Premium Times will not fly. Where is Lai Mohammed the real spokesperson of APC and why is he not issuing a public rebuttal. By now Ambode knows who to hold responsible for any electoral misfortune that may befall him. Anyway, the Yoruba traditional institutions have come of age through thick and thin and stands tall despite the likes of Akiolu.. Sample Ooni of Ife, Alafin of Oyo, Olubadan, Awujale, etc. May be Akiolu was deeply influenced by the corrupt Police he retired from or the highly philistic Area Boys that surrounds the Idungaran Palace he inherited from his amiable and immediate cosmopolitan predecessor – Oba Akintoye. May be he will now grow up and behave like a matured Elder and non partisan traditional ruler if he survives this gloomy episode

  • TRUTH MASTER

    Just as Oba Akiolu has engaged in hate speech, which is totally condemnable, so have many commentators on this forum. When you insinuate that APC is bad because it is an Islamic party, what is that called? Hate Speech. GEJ and his supporters provided the atmosphere for hate speech to fester. This President is a lightning rod for divisiveness, and he is the reason the Igbo are no longer at peace with the Yoruba and the Hausa/Fulani, while Christians now view Muslims with suspicion. The first task for Buhari is to reconcile our highly divided people. Then and only then can we embark on the arduous task of regeneration!

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