The Oba of Lagos, His Royal Majesty, Rilwan Osuolale Akiolu, has called on Nigerians, particularly Lagosians, to ensure the return of President Muhammadu Buhari, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, and Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, RT Hon Mudashiru Obasa in the forthcoming 2019 general elections.
The Lagos monarch made the appeal to Lagos electorate, yesterday, in his palace when Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures paid him a courtesy visit in the course of their quarterly meeting in Lagos.
Oba Akiolu said the appeal was informed by the excellent performance of elected officials in the course of carrying out their duties.
“They have done well. And going by their performances during the few years that they have been saddled with the leadership positions, they have shown to all and sundry that they can do more if given the opportunity again,” he said.
The Lagos monarch further advised politicians to work for the interest and welfare of Nigerians.
“Politicians can only do this by settling their differences amicably. Politics is characterised by alignments and re-alignment of personnel but in doing this, politicians should not take actions or make utterances that can heat up the polity.
“We should ensure that we live in peace and harmony and that’s when the country can grow and develop. Through this, Nigerians will enjoy real dividends of democracy,” Oba Akiolu said.
The Speaker of the Kebbi State House of Assembly and chairman, Conference of Speakers, Rt Hon Ismaila Kamba, described Oba Akiolu as a man of honour and integrity.
“As a policeman, I know you as an upright man and as a traditional ruler, you are still on the path of truth and the Rule of Law. I admire your courage and I thank you for taking time to host us,” he said.
The host Speaker, Rt Hon Obasa, also described Oba Akiolu as a supporter of truth and an agitator for justice.
“He has been a pillar of support for us. He has always stood by us and we have been drinking positively from his fountain of knowledge and wisdom,” he said.