Nigeria’s Igbo ethnic group in Lagos state was told on Sunday to vote for governorship candidate Akinwunmi Ambode of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in an upcoming election or risk death in a lagoon in the southwest.
Oba of Lagos, Riliwan Akiolu, threatened the ethnic group with fatal consequences if they voted for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the April 11 election. I quote “On Saturday, if anyone of you, I swear in the name of God, goes against my wish that Ambode will be the next governor of Lagos state, the person is going to die inside this water,” Akiolu said, the OBA of Lagos state even though he does not hold any political power, as been the patron of the said political party.
He also said, “President Goodluck Jonathan is my son and I speak to him every day. By the grace of God, I am the owner of Lagos for the time being. This is an undivided chair. The palace belongs to the dead and those coming in the future,” Akiolu said on Sunday. “I’m not ready to beg you. Nobody knew how I picked Ambode. Jimi Agbaje is my blood relation and I told him that he cannot be governor in Lagos for now. The future belongs to God.”
Gordian Dimojiaku, the Eze-Ndigbo of Amuwo-Oraide, responded to Akiolu’s tirade and promised the Igbos in Lagos would support Ambode in the governorship election.
Last week, former governor of Anambra State Ogbonnayu Onu appealed to the Igbos in south-eastern Nigeria to support the party’s elect, All Progressives Congress and incoming president Muhammadu Buhari.
“The Igbos must support General Buhari to secure their lives and property, to secure their prosperity and guarantee their progress in this new journey to build a new Nigeria,” Onu said on Thursday. “Southeast people need Nigeria just as it needs them. Igbo is the only ethnic group in Nigeria whose people cannot be found as indigenes of any other country in the world. Nigeria is the only country the Igbos know.”