By Gabriel Ewepu
ABUJA- A Northern group, the Northern Emancipation Network, NEN, weekend, reacting to remarks recently made by the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, over Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, said it was ungodly and unacceptable.
The Oba of Lagos had while speaking on Wednesday at the launch of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, project, ‘Nigerian Women Against Corruption Initiative’, NWACI, held in Lagos, stated that Atiku Abubakar cannot be Nigeria’s president, based on alleged corruption acts he allegedly committed while serving under the Obasanjo-led administration.
The monarch had stated, “I insist that there is no era for somebody who spent the first three years of former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s government making money and turning many companies to his own to come back to be the President of this country again. I mean it and I mean it and by God’s grace, it shall be so.”
However, in a statement in Abuja, Coordinator of NEN, Alhaji Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, described the Oba’s comment as a clear breach of the tenets of royalty and nobility.
Suleiman said: “We challenge him (Oba Akiolu) to provide clear proofs of his allegations otherwise he remains a discredited and lying member of the royal class and a disappointment to nobility and those who hold the institution dear.
“We remind the Lagos Monarch that those in glass houses don’t throw stones about. We categorically tell the monarch that he lacks the capacity to influence any political event even in Lagos not to talk of influencing any national event.”
He also added that Nigerians cannot forget in a hurry the unguarded comments allegedly made by the monarch before the 2015 elections when he allegedly told the Igbo community in Lagos to go die in the lagoon during the build-up to the 2015 elections.
Suleiman said, “We quote the Oba thus, ‘On Saturday, if anyone of you goes against Ambode who I picked, that is your end. If it doesn’t happen within seven days, just know that I am a bastard and it’s not my father who gave birth to me. By the grace of God, I am the owner of Lagos for the time being.
“This is an undivided chair. The palace belongs to the dead and those coming in the future. On Saturday, if anyone of you, I swear in the name of God, goes against my wish that Ambode will be the next governor of Lagos state, the person is going to die inside this water.’
“Imagine such an utterance from a traditional ruler of that level. He has started same unguarded utterances again. He must be cautioned now.”