- The Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, has denied saying that Lagos state is owned by the Bini people
- Akiolu stated that those who had criticised him over the false comment were not bonafide sons of Lagos
- He promised to respond to his critics next year, when he begins his 15th anniversary celebrations
Rilwan Akiolu, the Oba of Lagos, has stated that he never said that the people of Bini owned Lagos state, Premium Times reports.
The monarch made his comments at the launch of ‘Defend the Defenseless’, a book written by Arese Carrington, wife of a former U.S. ambassador to Nigeria, Walter Carrington, in Victoria Island, Lagos, on Monday, December 11.
NAIJ.com gathers that Oba Akiolu spoke in response to controversies which had been generated as a result of his earlier statement that Lagos state was making great strides developmentally as a result of the blessings it had been given by a past Oba of Benin.
The remark had resulted in various individuals leveling criticisms at the monarch.
Oba Akiolu however blasted his critics, saying they are not ‘bonafide sons of Lagos.’
The monarch further promised to respond to his critics when he begins his 15th anniversary celebration next year.
He stated: “I never said Bini owned Lagos; but the influence of the Oba of Benin, nobody can wash it away in Lagos.
“You must have been reading many things in the newspapers. By the grace of God Almighty Allah, next year when I begin to celebrate my 15th anniversary, they will know the kind of person Oba Akiolu is.”
Recall that NAIJ.com previously reported that barely one week after he reportedly snubbed the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, when they met at a function, the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, allegedly released a bombshell, saying Lagos is not part of Yoruba land.
A statement reportedly emanated from Akiolu’s palace, detailing the historical background of Lagos and why it should not be regarded as part of Yoruba land.
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