Oluwo of Iwoland, HIM Oba (Dr.) Abdulrosheed Adewale Akanbi, has condemned the recent political ethnic schism in Lagos State, noting that it is barbaric to trade national unity with politics.
Oba Akanbi described Lagos’ status and her leadership under Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as Nigeria number one unifying force, stating that no other individual has the national unity agenda and structure like Asiwaju Tinubu.
Oluwo, the Deputy Chairman of Osun State Traditional Council, who is noted for his activities to foster national integration and unity, described the recent political statements to rupture the peaceful coexistence in Lagos as unpatriotic. He called on the Igbo community in Lagos to continue to repose their confidence in the leadership structure enacted by Asiwaju since 1999 for the collective interest of Nigeria and Nigerians.
A press statement by the monarch’s Chief Press Secretary, Alli Ibraheem, stated: “It is barbaric playing politics with national unity. Lagos was naturally created to integrate and cement the unity of Nigeria. It accommodates all irrespective of your ethnic attachment. It was the first capital of Nigeria before yielding to Abuja. It has been like that before many were born. Lagos is the home for all.
The first class traditional ruler said:”It is a centre of excellence in affinity, good governance and quality representation especially under the leadership of Bola Ahmed Tinubu. The peace enjoyed by Nigerians cannot be truncated by inciting political statements. Politicians should wise up and stop fueling embers of discord detrimental to our national unity.
“Tinubu has made many leaders from all ethnic groups. Even in Lagos, Tinubu has installed Igbo men to top elective positions, likewise Hausa. He neither discriminates nor favours 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 enjoyed by Nigerians in Lagos.
“I want to appeal to Nigerians of all ethnic stocks in Lagos to drum their support for the leadership structure laid down by Bola Ahmed Tinubu in Lagos. The structure is what has made Lagos unique since 1999. The prevailing good governance in the state is a testimony to the administrative prowess of Bola Tinubu. Nigerians, irrespective of our affiliation, should uphold the structure for our collective interest.”
Oluwo has emerged an unrepentant advocate of national integration/unity. He has friends across the country and criss-crosses the land in order to uphold the unity of Nigeria as an indivisible entity. Oluwo is equally the only monarch using Innoson Vehicle manufactured by an Igbo man.
He urged Nigerians to disregard any political party playing politics with Nigeria’s unity.