OPC wants attacks on Oba Akiolu stopped

OPC wants attacks on Oba Akiolu stopped

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 1:21 pm

Oba Rilwan Akiolu

Oba Rilwan Akiolu

Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) has warned Nigerians against making unbecoming comments against the paramount ruler of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu and warned that all those involved should desist from such unbecoming acts forthwith.

In a statement issued by the National Coordinating Council of OPC, Comrade Monsuru Akande, it stated that the “Yoruba institutions are not meant to be trampled upon”.

Read Full Statement Below:
The attention of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) has been drawn to some unruly and unbecoming comments purportedly in reaction to alleged comments by the paramount ruler of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu and warn all those involved to desist from such unbecoming acts forthwith.

The institution of the oba is one the Yoruba race hold in high esteem, and the OPC as irredentist defenders of Yoruba culture and heritage would therefore not tolerate anybody -irrespective of their places of birth of conviction- to denigrate what their hosts (Yorubas) hold sacred.

While we accept that that institution should remain non-partisan, it must also be acknowledged that the Palace of the Oba of Lagos has already claimed that the royal father was misrepresented in the press and pleaded for understanding.

Be that as it may, the Yoruba’s accommodating and loving nature should not be misconstrued as timidity. As hosts, we have given all our visitors enough space and opportunity to bloom and flourish without molestations, and of all the tribes and visitors in Lagos, none has enjoyed the benevolence of Lagos and indeed all of Yorubaland as much as the Igboman and nation.

The evidence of the claim above can be found in the fact that Yorubaland as a whole is the most cosmopolitan area in Nigeria. We Yoruba have allowed other tribes to own businesses, properties and even contest and hold political positions on Yoruba soil in a manner unreciprocated anywhere else in Nigeria.

Using the same Lagos as an example, the fact that the likes of Pastor Ben. Akabueze and Joe Igbokwe have become an integral part of the political frame work of Lagos State for years now is proof enough that Lagos and indeed the Yoruba are excellent hosts. Akabueze has for the last ten years been directing and coordinating the economic direction of the state from his enviable position as the honorable commissioner for budget and planning while Igbokwe has held sways general manager at LASIMRA and head, UFRU.

Others such as Ngozi Nwosu the popular actress from Imo State who got N6million for overseas surgery, the late comrade Chima Ubani whose family got cash and a gift of 3bedroom accommodation at Marwa Gardens as well as First Consultant Hospital that got N50 million as compensation for involvement in the Ebola case are evidence that the Igbos are not despised in Lagos.

Nowhere in Nigeria -east of the Niger- is the Yoruba or any other tribe accorded the kind of gesture the Igbos have been enjoying in Lagos in the last 12 or so years since these bonafide Igbo men entered into the Lagos political scene.

As for the likes of Bode George, Fani-Kayode, Musiliu Obanikoro and their party the PDP, their outcry is the reaction of a person or group without shame and critical thinking (arojinle). Is it that they have a case of memory dysfunction or are they just plain mischievous. Have they so quickly forgotten that it is their party that started the politicization of the institution and monarchy with the president’s visit to the same Oba of Lagos earlier this January as the forerunner to visits to many other obas in Yorubaland. None of the PDP members complaining now saw any thing wrong with the attempts to involve our obas in partisan politics until it backfired against them and their party.

This brings us to the warning we issued earlier, when Gani Adams in his treacherous, sycophantic and reactionary move turned on the good people of Lagos unleashing violence and threat of violence against the perceived enemies of his paymasters.

If Adams had not behaved like an omo ojuorolari, he should by now be defending the sacredness of the stool of the Oba of Lagos or any other one in Yorubaland for that matter.

If Adams had not collected the billions he did, along with MASSOB and other ethnic groups, his co-travellers would now be degenerating and abusing our hospitality the way no one can replicate in their homelands.

In closing, we enjoin all members of the OPC and indeed the Yoruba nation to beware of the enemies within like Gani Adams and with one voice condemn all fifth columnist within our fold. And with the foregoing it is abundantly clear that Gani Adams who brought this odium upon us must quit the OPC.

*From P.M.NEWS

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  • chi dan says:

    what do u know about respect. so there are no one of your kind in other parts of naija? truely we are not one naija, if not u and your bastard oba will not talk the way u r talking. truth is we have alot to learn, frankly watch the video of ur oba talking and tell me if ur statement above u beleive it according to ur conscience

  • There is God ooooo says:

    I am not surprise at all the way you are disrespecting our Oba; it is a fact that you don’t give respect to your own sacred stools. Move round the southwest, you see the Easterners within the economic sphere, in our educational institutions (both federal and states); all holding important post without intimidation. We have been taking it lightly believing that we are one Nigeria. Unfortunately, how many Yoruba have you given employment in your institutions (that is, if that exists at all). Everything you people are doing is a manifestation of the fact that you don’t have conscience and don’t believe in God almighty, if not you would have known how relevant it is to do onto others, what you want people to do to you. You worship money more that the LORD ALMIGHTY. I pray that God should forgive you.

  • chi dan says:

    hahaha, your foolish oba na bastard, simple

  • nija gal says:

    How dare u call our Oba a bastard,What guts? U,your forefathers and your generations unborn are the greatest bastards of the century. Bloody Ibo ritualist.

  • chi dan says:

    is that all, i thought U and OPC will come and arrest me. O nigerians very soon the little freedom we had will be taken away, the handwriting is on the wall with this kind of statement.

  • Otito Koro says:

    From Otito Koro
    Chi dan & Wale (I know you an igbo impostor), i am not surprised not you call the Oba a bastard, respect for elders is alien to your people, your culture and tradition. Greed & the iinsatiable propensity to acquire wealth by all means that has made you disregard your hosts’ benevolence towards you, will always affect & disturb your medula oblangata (thinking faculty)

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  • Wale says:

    Well Spoken!!!

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