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Oba of Lagos visits Osinbajo, prays for Buhari

The Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, on Thursday, met behind closed doors with the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The traditional ruler who was accompanied by one of his chiefs later told State House correspondents that he was at the Presidential Villa to pay homage to Osinbajo who he said was his law lecturer at the university.

He said he also used the opportunity of the visit to pray for good health and safe return of President Muhammadu Buhari who is currently in London, United Kingdom.

He said, “I am a traditional ruler and a servant of the people and I am here to see the Acting President.

“We had a meeting that I was invited by the Senate and the House of Representatives on Tuesday. We were supposed to have another security meeting tomorrow (Friday) but unfortunately it was cancelled.

“So, I have found time to see my former law lecturer and once more to convey to him the wishes and prayers of Lagos so that by the grace of God, the Almighty Allah that our President will return to us hale and hearty.

“It will be well with this country provided all of us are sincere and we cooperate with the government and we tell the government what we feel: constructive and not destructive criticisms.”

Akiolu also urged Nigerians to be patient with the present administration.

Making reference to the reported ill-health of the President, the traditional ruler said all Nigerians should be praying for both Buhari and Osinbajo.

“We have to be absolutely patient and provide useful suggestions to move the country forward.
“Prof. Yakub was sick to the extent that maggots were coming out his body and Allah brought him back not to talk of somebody who is not like that.

“By the grace of Almighty, our President will be back to all of us. As I told the Acting President now, God blessed him more than how he expected. He was a law teacher; very quiet, easy going and he is always with his Bible and see what God has done for him. He is not interested in any political thing but God had destined that he will be the number two man.

“All of us should pray for the two of them and for Nigeria to be very successful provided we are and close to God and very absolutely honest in everything we are doing. All will be well with us,” he added.

It will be recalled that the Emir of Kano, Mohammed Sanusi II, had on Wednesday paid a similar visit to Osinbajo in his office.

ICC Commences Probe Of Oba of Lagos Regarding Alleged Threat on Ndigbo

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has commenced investigation on the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, for alleged threat to sink the Igbo residing in Lagos State into the lagoon, if they failed to vote for the All Progres­sives Congress (APC) dur­ing the April 11, 2015 gover­norship election in the state.

It has been reported that the son of the late former governor of old Anambra State, Dr. Josef Umunnakwe Onoh, had petitioned the ICC over the Oba’s alleged threat. The ICC had earlier in the year, acknowledged re­ceipt of Onoh’s petition and promised to give consider­ation to his request.

In the second corre­spondence to Onoh, with reference number OTP-CR-140/15, and dated Au­gust 13, 2015, ICC’s Head of Information and Evi­dence Unit in the office of the prosecutor, M. P. Dillion, said they were analyzing the situation identified in the petition, with the assistance of other related communi­cations and other available information.

Part of the ICC’s latest letter to Onoh read: “Un­der Article 53 of the Rome Statute, the prosecutor must consider whether there is a reasonable basis to believe that crimes within the ju­risdiction of the court have been committed, the grav­ity of the crimes, whether national systems are inves­tigating and prosecuting the relevant crimes, and the in­terests of justice.”

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Oba Of Lagos Organizes Prayer For Peaceful Co-Existence In Lagos

The Oba of Lagos, Alhaji Rilwan Akiolu, on Sunday organised a prayer session for peaceful co-existence in Lagos and Nigeria in general. The prayer was conducted at the Iga Idunganran Palace of the royal father on Lagos Island.

Akiolu said that the prayer was imperative to peaceful co-existence in Lagos and Nigeria in general, after peaceful conduct of the general elections in the state. He urged different tribes in Lagos to work for the progress of the state. The royal father urged the president-elect Muhammadu Buhari to assist Lagos in repairing most of the damaged federal roads in the state.

Akiolu, who spoke in Yoruba language, said that when Buhari came to his palace during the campaign period, he was three hours behind schedule. He said that Buhari complained of bad roads and he told him that when he becomes the president he should help the state to reconstruct the road. The Oba said he was sure that God would give him the power to do it.

Akiolu urged the incoming Governor of Lagos, to do what he promised the people. The prayer was conducted by Imam Mujitabah Giwa, the Alawiye of Lagos and his league of Imams. Giwa prayed for peaceful coexistence in Lagos and also for political leaders in the country. Some traditional rulers in Lagos as well as white cap chiefs were present at the prayer session. Chief Rasak Okoya, Chairman of Eleganza Group was also among some dignitaries present.

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Okorocha Sets Up Committee To Meet With Oba Of Lagos

Against the backdrop of the alleged death threat issued to Ndigbo residing Lagos by Oba of Lagos if they failed to vote for his preferred candidate in Saturday’s governorship election, the Imo state governor, Rochas Okorocha yesterday step up a committee of prominent traditional rulers in the state headed by Eze Agunwa Ohiri for a parley the lagos Monarch.

Okorocha has directed that the Eze Ohiri Committee leave for Lagos immediately to meet with the Oba to enable them have one-on-one discussion over the said threat by the traditional ruler, and extract some commitments from him.

The chairman of the APC Governors’ Forum said although the traditional ruler was reported to have denied the report, it should not be enough to accept that refutal without traditional rulers from the South-East meeting with him to discuss the controversy and the way forward, to ensure that the long existing cordial relationship between the Igbos in Lagos and their host community remain harmonious.

“No serious Igbo man or Yoruba man would like trouble to exist between the Igbos and the Oba of their host community, and limiting the attendant actions to comments on the pages of newspaper won’t solve the ripple”.

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Eze Ndi Igbo In Lagos Breaks Silence, Responds To Oba’s Anti-Igbo Comment

The Eze Ndi Igbo in Lagos, Nwabueze Ohazulike, has appealed to Igbo residents in the state to remain calm ahead of Saturday’s gubernatorial election.

In a press conference at his palace in Lagos, Wednesday, Mr. Ohazulike said that he was not part of the group of Eze Ndi Igbos who paid a courtesy visit to the Oba of Lagos on Sunday. “Eze Ndi Igbo of Lagos State, the head of the Eze Ndi Igbo structure in Lagos State, had no knowledge and was not involved nor invited to the so called courtesy visit to the first class Oba. This speaks volumes,” Mr. Ohazulike said.

“The Igbos have a long history of cordial relationship in Lagos State with the Yoruba community and other Nigerians and shall continue to cherish such relationship and make concerted efforts to protect and enhance it and to continue to promote the spirit of unity of Nigerians, love, peace and inter-ethnic harmony in the state.”

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Those Accusing Jonathan Of Corruption Are Fathers Of Corruption – Oba Of Lagos

The Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwanu Akiolu, has said that all those who are accusing President Goodluck Jonathan of corruption are the fathers of corruption.

The Oba was speaking in his palace when President Goodluck Jonathan led a delegation of PDP officials to receive his blessings just before the flag-off of the presidential campaign in Lagos State.

Oba Akiolu raised issues of corruption with a mention of the Harliburton scandal and the killing of former Attorney-General, Chief Bola Ige but prayed that in the end only the best candidate would emerge in the 2015 general elections.

In his speech, President Goodluck Jonathan thanked the Oba for supporting his administration.

He described Lagos as the commercial nerve centre of Nigeria that should be of importance to any well meaning politician and which needs the right persons to govern.

President Jonathan said that his administration has much to show in the area of transportation, agriculture, road construction and wondered why anyone would say that his administration had not performed.

He also wondered why anyone would say he was not fighting corruption, claiming that statistics would soon debunk the lies being told by his critics.