Governorship Election: Stop Lagos from foreign Overrun
- Prof Akintoye Warns Yoruba Leaders
By Samuel Ogunsona
Ahead of the Saturday gubernatorial election in Lagos State, a prominent Yoruba leader has warned of consequences if the state is allowed to slip into the hands of strangers to the Yoruba heritage..
It will be an historical error if someone alien to the dominant Yoruba culture wins the Lagos Gubernatorial election on Saturday, Ilana Omo Oodua leader Professor Adebanji Akintoye has warned.
He urges Yoruba leaders not to sleep saying that the consequences would be terrific.
Akintoye said this in a voice note shared across Yoruba groups.
He said Igbos are Yoruba brother and should not be seen as enemies. He however said it would be unwise to allow someone who does not understand or appreciate Yoruba values and Civilisations to emerge as the Governor of Lagos State.
Akintoye calls on other Yoruba leaders to do everything necessary to ensure Southwest cities do not fall into the hands of suspicious people.
He said the current situation of Igbo’s claim to Lagos as the election draws closer is an act of contempt that must be resisted at all cost.
According to Akintoye Lagos is the ancient city of the Yoruba people. He urges Igbos in the land to exercise caution so that they would not irk the sensibility of Yoruba.
He said, ‘We are a receptive and accommodating people who love strangers and neighbors and want comfort for them and this has been the Yoruba people’s nature’’
Akintoye said further ‘’In the wake of the on-going electioneering campaign which is powering the Igbo community in Lagos claiming that Lagos is no man’s land and that Igbos have the right of it and therefore would vote on Saturday March 11 en-mass in order to grab the mega-city.
Professor Akintoye said the Yoruba people see Igbos as their brothers and for several years have opened the gate for them to amass wealth. He said the hospitality should not be taken as a weakness for them to ride rub-shod on their Yoruba brothers, and claim they own Yoruba ancient city’’ He said.
Professor Akintoye urges Igbo on the land to stop sensitive comments that may turn the Yoruba against them.
He said, ‘’The Igbo in different communities in Lagos should stop whipping up the sentiments that would turn Yorubas and Igbos against one another as already, there is a common enemy that should be fought diplomatically so that South Nigeria people would regain their old dignity as leaders in Africa and guarantee a good life for the people’’
According to Professor Akintoye, both Yorubas and Igbos should be wary of a common enemy who are the Fulani occupying Southern Nigerian lands and claiming they have been willed to them by God as they currently invoke many tactics to grab South Nigeria.
He said the current event is part of the tactics to set both Igbos and Yorubas against each other.
“Let us be weary of the dangers so that we don’t fall into the trap of the enemies,” he concluded.