Afenifere group condemns attacks on Oba of Lagos

Oba Rilwan Akiolu

The Afenifere Renewal Group, a Yoruba socio-political group, has condemned the attacks on Rilwanu Akiolu, the Oba of Lagos, after the monarch’s hate speech to Igbo residents in Lagos.

In a statement Tuesday, the ARG said those hiding under democracy to malign the person and office of the Oba of Lagos must not forget that democracy cannot obliterate traditions and cultural privileges.

“The ARG would like to say that the Yoruba culture is self-regulatory and it leaves room for check and balances,” said Kunle Famoriyo, the group’s Publicity Secretary.

“No one needs to teach us how to put our house in order. We therefore condemn all the uncharitable calls for sanctions and apologies.”

Mr. Akiolu, in the run-up to the gubernatorial election in Lagos, had ordered the Igbos in the state to vote for his anointed candidate, Akinwunmi Ambode of the All Progressives Congress or “perish inside the lagoon”.

The monarch’s statement angered the Igbo community in the state, even as it came under severe criticism, with Christian groups and opposition politicians lambasting him for the utterance.

Femi Falana, a respected human rights lawyer, called on Mr. Akiolu to apologize to the Igbos.

The ARG insisted that the Oba’s statement should not be classified as a hate speech.

“For explanatory purpose, it must be emphasised that the Oba is supreme in Yoruba cultural context and in Lagos,” said Mr. Famoriyo. “The lagoon is seen in the traditional context as the defender of Lagos’ interest.

“It is believed that those working against Lagos’ interest would be swallowed up by the lagoon.

“It is therefore mischievous to equate the Oba’s comment to a hate speech or ethnic violence; the same could have been said to any Yoruba man or group perceived by the royalty of working against the domain’s interest.

“The revered stool of Oba of Lagos and the present occupant cannot be subjected to public disparage under an intangible democratic right that fails to understand and accommodate our cultural disposition. We hope every negative campaign will stop henceforth.”

The ARG also congratulated all the elected officials in the Southwest states for their victory at the polls during the 2015 general elections.

They also thanked Southwest voters for voting their conscience and for voting peacefully.

Specifically, the group congratulated Mr. Ambode of Lagos State; Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State; and Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State for their deserved electoral victories and charged them to “remember always why the people gave them the mandate.”

“You were endorsed by the ARG because of your demonstrated commitment and our conviction that the current renaissance of good governance, developmental strides and welfare policies that has commenced in our land, can only continue, be sustained and flourish under your administration,” the statement said.

The group also applauded all elected National Assembly and Houses of Assembly members, charging them to represent the interest of the Southwest geo-political zone in particular and Nigeria in general.

The group commended President Goodluck Jonathan for conceding defeat in a manner that defused a looming violence that might have plunged the country into a crisis.

“What President Jonathan did, moved the country away from the precipice,” it said. “The country’s political instability, which was in red before the elections, was graciously filled to stability.”


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  • Frank Bassey

    Why exhume a matter that has since been buried?

    • Adewale

      In order to send a strong message to you and your likes that hide under democracy to haul abuses at Oba of Lagos. Abide by tradition or you leave.

      • olamojuba

        Lagos na your village. You dey pursue another tribe as if you have contributed anything in lagos since you came from your village.

        • olamojuba

          We are one. My wife na ibo.n she is d best. Tribalism is a disease here. Look at what is happening in south Africa? You are here promoting hate.

        • Adewale

          People like you are the ones using left hand to describe their fathers’ house. You are talking about civilization which know nothing about. Even if you live in the UK with British passport, there’s a limit to your freedom. When were you born to know any history about Lagos? My advice to you is that you should read about other regions in West Africa such as Gabon and Equatorial Guinea where minorities of other regions dominated the land owners due to lackadaisical attitude of the land owners similar to people like you.

  • King Carlos

    This ine dn pass na

  • Taster

    Left for me – the said oba akiolu the rapist should have been plunged into ISIMOKOTO LAKE, and that would have been the end of the story.

  • Nkuu

    First of all, Yorubas should contribute money to buy a shirt for Mr. Akiolu. A cheap T-shirt can even help cover his naked body. Second, since when had Muslim started allowing ritualist necklaces? Or are Yoruba Muslim culture different from others? I think that Fulani Muslims should pay Mr. Akiolu a visit.

    Also, why has not Femi Falana & SERAP taking Yorubas and Mr. Akiolu to International Criminal Court for threatening Nigerians? Something is smelly here with this sudden silence from Falana and SERAP.

    By the way why do Africans enjoy to post semi-literates, at best, and mumus to occupy their traditional position.

    Come to think of it, the Zulu king is definitely not a very smart man but when you comapare him to Mr. Akiolu, the Zulu king becomes an Einstein!!! I mean the Zulu king was threatening and inciting fellow South Africans against foreigners. Back in Mr. Akiolu’s court he was inciting and threatening fellow Nigerians. this goes to show that MUMU king pass MUMU king when one compares the intelligence of Mr. ‘olokpaa’ Akiolu and the Zulu king.

    Lastly why are mumu ‘kings’ suddenly popping from everywhere in Africa, again? Or are they wanting to sell African into slavery in the 21st century? Or they are just blood thirsty? Whatever be the case these mumu kings, Mr. Akiolu or the Zulu king should be forced to get some EDUCATION (in the real sense of the word) IN AFRICAN CULTURE.

    • Nkuu

      is Yoruba Muslim culture

      why have not Femi Falana & SERPA

      popping up

      Africans

    • Proud Yoruba

      This is why you need to leave Yoruba land, you are so clueless, it is unbearable. Please just go before you provoke Yorubas to throw you in the Lagoon. Ignoramus, ibo parasite. #IGBOMUSTGO

      • Bayo Ola

        Dont mind them. They have no culture, no value system, no systems in place that respect any other person, even their parents. The only language they understand and the only deity they respect is money. Bloody barbarians. As a result of their comportment and lack of value systems, they are hated in South Africa, in Italy, in Singapore, in Kano, and now they have pushed their luck in Yoruba land. No more hospitality to these bloody barbarians. Ala i niran.

  • GbemigaO

    Sycophants !

  • Riot50000

    “The revered stool of Oba of Lagos and the present occupant cannot be subjected to public disparage under an intangible democratic right that fails to understand and accommodate our cultural disposition. We hope every negative campaign will stop henceforth.”

    A REVEREND STOOL OCCUPIED BY AN IRREVEREND RACIST MONKEY.
    What would you say if you were in the US, and the Ku Klux Klan told you, he, Yoruba Nigger, submt yourself to slavery or you would be Lynhed by sundown?
    You would cry foul and call hem RACISTS,right?
    Well, your OBA is worse than the KKK of America, because his racism is even closer to home, towards his fellow Black People.
    Why is Nigeria bringing Nigerian envoys home from South Africa, when they have kept quiet about the Nigerian Monkey threatening other Nigerians that live in what used to be a Federal Teritory anyway?

    • Bayo Ola

      Your father is a monkey. Because you bloody barbarians do not have culture or value system, why would you not disrespect our Oba. You have no culture or value system that respect even your father. Eyin omo ale buruku. May Orunmila water our lagoon with your blood. Oloriburuku