The Atiku Support Group [ASG] has, in a press statement yesterday, lambasted the unbecoming vicissitudinous attitude of the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu.
Coordinator of the group, Mr Mark Wosi, with heavy disdain, said Oba Akiolu as a traditional ruler should respect himself and quit delving into partisan politics because of the revered office he is occupying.
In the press statement, he accused the monarch to have flawed the respected throne with bad character unlike his predecessor who lived as an instrument of love and unity to everyone.
Rilwan, it could be noted, is always on the news over some form of hatred or the other and plants seeds of enmity with his ignoble controversies and unholy acts that can divide the country.
In the press statement, the group cautioned Rilwan to know where he can address his grievances to.
Mark reiterated that the Oba has no reasons to hate their principal (Atiku) as far as the recent unwarranted utterances wherein he did not hide his hatred for the former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar.
“The Oba on several occasions accused Atiku of being responsible for his early exit from the Police Force, calling Atiku all sort of unprintable disparaging names to vent his anger on a man that is innocent of the Oba’s fate.
“Atiku has refused to join issues with the Oba who is frustrated because of his evil machinations and manipulations.
“For a man whose records is nothing but rubble rust in the police force to still sit on the throne of Lagos is a desecration of the sacred Stool of the Lagosians and an insult to the sensibilities of the good people of Lagos.
“Rilwan Akiolu was disgraced out of the police force and sent packing because of his many vicissitudes and unholy deals as the head of the task force then.
“He was recommended for retirement by the Police Service Commission because of his many sins and dirty deals.
“The Commission went ahead and retired him based on the fact that the Commission is empowered by the law to do so.
“For the Oba to always drag the name of Atiku into his plight calls for question about his true motive for wanting to remain in the force at all costs.
“At the time of his retirement Atiku Abubakar was the vice president and not a member of the Police Service Commission to have had a hand in his retirement.
“There was no personal issue/s that joined Atiku and Oba Akiolu to warrant such accusations. Atiku Abubakar cannot stoop so low as to have issues that could led him to have influenced the retirement of a man who has never been a match to him neither is he a threat to him in any way. It is a downgrading for Akiolu to have mentioned the name of Atiku in his retirement imbroglio.” It stated
In the statement also ASG the Oba should desist from calling Atiku a corrupt Man, his penchant attitude addressing him as such amounted to nothing than taunting the entire throne of Lagosian.
“The Oba’s penchant for calling Atiku a corrupt man who went about selling Public Assets and buying same for himself, portrays him (Akiolu) as the picture of a man who is ignorant of the person of Atiku Abubakar. As the Vice President of Nigeria he was vested with the power to head the Privatization and Commercialization Program of the Federal Government.
“For Oba Akiolu to accuse Atiku to be responsible for his retirement he should have approached the competent court of law to challenge the action; if he is sure of himself.
“He has the right to seek redress in the court, but before doing so he should consult his conscience and convince himself that he does not have any dirty linen.
“[This is] because “he that lives in a glass house do not throw stones”. Making reference to Atiku, the Oba said he will never support any corrupt person to lead Nigeria again.
“He went on to say that he will campaign against such person.
“In as much as we know that the Oba has the right to his opinion on any issue, we challenge him to prove his allegations of corruption against Atiku with evidence that he stole from the public fund and looted the treasury of the people.
“But if the Oba cannot prove these, he should keep quiet and shut his mouth.
“He is the Oba of Lagos, therefore, he should face the responsibility of giving the people of his domain the required leadership he is chosen to provide or else he should quit and allow people with the requisite character to lead the good people of Lagos.
“As a retired security chief, the Oba is expected to know the implications of his ungodly utterances and the weight of what he is saying,” said the statement.
The statement further said that the Oba is the world most corrupt Monarch who succeeded in rubbishing the highly exalted throne of the Lagos people with high mindedness and flaw attitude of unlike a king.
“Oba retired Nigeria Police Force at the Rank of Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) during the Obasanjo administration.
“[He] is an angry man that is ready to do anything to those he perceived to be his enemies.
“He accused some people as being responsible for his untimely retirement from the force when he was the Head of the Task Force.
“Oba Akiolu is a man who is afraid of even his own shadows because of his ignoble personality.
“The shadow of the Oba is always after him and this accounts for his constant aggressiveness and the penchant to attack people and accuse anyone that comes to his mind as responsible for his retirement.
“Oba Akiolu should know that he is not the political leader of Lagos but the Traditional Ruler.
“His frequent involvement and meddling into political matters negates the office he occupies.
“The people of Lagos whose culture and traditions he represents are being slandered by the Oba who likes to speak with the corner of his mouth, and “enjoys lies like a food”.
“In as much as we respect his opinions because of his status, Oba Akiolu should know that he doesn’t have the power to make anyone president of Nigerian, just as the Oba of Lagos title was conferred on him (Akiolu).
“He is not the Oba of Nigeria; the power to decide who should be the president is in the hands of Nigerians who have the right to choose who should be their president through their votes.
“His Excellency Atiku Abubakar is a man whose shadow intimidates his enemies including the Oba who has chosen to be an enemy instead of a friend.
“The Oba is a drowning man who is crying foul in the ocean in which he pushed himself into because of his ungodly ways and attitudes.
“Oba Akiolu should know that if Atiku is destined for the presidency of Nigeria, not a million of his type can stop him from becoming the president.
“The Oba who cannot mobilize even the members of his household is boosting of working against Atiku who enjoys the goodwill of Nigerians including the good people of Lagos.
“Oba does not have the power to anoint or crown anyone the president of Nigeria, therefore, he should bury his head in shame because it is clear that he has decided to toe the path of ignobility.
“The Oba had told the Igbos in Lagos during the 2015 general elections to either vote his choice or risk been thrown into the Lagoon.
“This statement of the Oba calls to question the mental state of the man sitting at the throne of Lagos.
“It is obvious however, that this man is a total disappointment to the people of Lagos and Nigeria at large.
“If the Oba could vomit such venom, then one should not be surprised when the Oba goes gaga in his bid to become popular through the back door.
“Atiku Abubakar as a man of dignity has no time to join issues with a man such as the Oba who is a degraded man buried in the cocoon of disappointment and frustration because he lack the capacity to coordinate himself properly much more the Lagosians.
“Atiku Abubakar is a man who is very busy and do not have time to spend with people such as the Oba who feels he has expired since he left the police force because of his flawed character and is looking for others to be at the same spot with him.
“The Atiku Support Group is appealing to the Oba to stop exposing his nothingness to the public because of the hallowed office he occupies in order to [spare] the people of Lagos the embarrassment he is always bringing to them.
“We are fully prepared to take on the Oba anytime if he cannot respect himself and bury his head in shame that he was booted out of service because of his flawed and dented character.
“The Atiku Support Group holds the people of Lagos in a high esteem and appreciate them for not been deceived or cowed into following the Oba who is actually looking for who to sink along with.
“Our joy is that the people are now wiser and therefore cannot be deceived by those whose records stink as a result of their lust for what does not belong to them.
“People who see the success of others as abnormal simply because they lacked the power to make anyone a success neither are they successful themselves.
“People who relish in envy and jealousy, who do not believe in decency and hard work because they never accept the fact that diligence pays.
“The Atiku Support Group are proud of our leader and mentor, Atiku Abubakar, and we believe in what he stands for, as one voice who has been consistent in the call for the restructuring of the country in order to pave way for true federalism.
“He believes that by doing so every Nigerian will enjoy undenied access to the common wealth.
“This will go a long way in addressing the imbalance in the system and create room for the devolution of powers to the component units which will grant Lagos a special status because of her strategic position in the economic and social life of Nigeria.
“The ASG appeal to all well-meaning Nigerians wherever they are residing not to be cowed by the antics of a few people who sees themselves as little gods because at the appropriate time their true identities shall be made open for all.
“Therefore we encourage the good people of Nigeria and Lagos state in particular not to stop supporting Atiku because of the outbursts of Oba Akiolu but much more to stand strongly behind him in the effort to restructure the country for the benefit of all.
“Atiku Abubakar loves the people of Lagos State having spent most of his working and active years in the state, the state and the people are very dear to him and he holds them special in his heart.”
By Tom Garba, Yola