As the Lagos State governorship and state house of assembly elections hold tomorrow, the Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Abdul-Rasheed Adewale Akanbi, Telu I, has charged the Igbos resident in the state not to betray the trust and love of the Yoruba for them.
Reminding the Igbos of the strategic position of Lagos to the national economy, he said the Igbos should recognise the leadership structure established by the national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, since 1999, which according to him was beneficial to all residents of Lagos, irrespective of their ethnicities, religions and political affiliations.
The Oluwo, who spoke with reporters in Osogbo, the Osun state capital, condemned the recent political ethnic schism being promoted by some politicians in Lagos State, noting that it was barbaric to trade national unity for politics.
Oba Akanbi acknowledged performance of instrumentality of government in Lagos and the socio-economic status of the state from successive administrations since Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s government in 1999.
According to the first class Yoruba monarch, Tinubu as a visionary and courageous political leader with a high sense of mission has repositioned Lagos for great performance and future advancement.
Oba Akanbi maintained that as “Nigeria’s number one unifying force, no other individual has sustained the national unity agenda and political structure like Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.”
The Oluwo said as a royal father he has adopted a cross cultural posture for national integration and unity since he came on the throne, therefore, describing the recent political statements designed to breach the peaceful coexistence in Lagos as unpatriotic.
He said: “I am an unrepentant advocate of national integration and unity. I have adopted cross cultural traditional titles to lead by example and to show respect for the sanctity of the Nigeria’s unity, harmony and peaceful coexistence. This is the reason I am the first and only traditional ruler in the country to use a made in Nigeria vehicle produced by an illustrious Igbo son and a patriotic Nigerian, the Innoson Motors, to promote the ingenuous power of the Igbos.”
He advised the Igbo community in Lagos to identify with the political leadership structure of Bola Tinubu which “he established since 1999 for the collective interest of Nigeria and Nigerians.”
He continued: “It is barbaric to play politics with national unity. Lagos was naturally created to integrate and cement the unity of Nigeria. It accommodates all Nigerians, irrespective of their ethnic backgrounds. It was Nigeria’s first capital city before ceding to Abuja.
“Lagos is the home for all. It is a centre of excellence in affinity, good governance and quality representation, particularly under the leadership of Bola Ahmed Tinubu. The peace Nigerians enjoy today cannot be truncated by inciting political statements. Politicians should wise up and stop fuelling ember of discord which is detrimental to our national unity.
“Tinubu has made many leaders from all ethnic groups. Even in Lagos, Tinubu has installed Igbo man to elective positions, likewise Hausa. He neither discriminate nor favour one against the other. He is a unifying force to the glory of Nigeria. He is for all and for none. No political statement or conduct should be allowed to tear the love and unity Nigerians enjoy in Lagos.
“I want to call on Nigerians in Lagos with cross cultural appeal to throw their weight behind the political leadership structure of Bola Ahmed Tinubu. The structure is what has made Lagos unique since 1999. The good governance is a testimony to the administrative prowess of Bola Tinubu. Nigerians, irrespective of our affiliation should uphold the structure for our collective interest.”