These are our Words On The Marble, a compilation of the weighty headlines making the rounds in the last 7 days or more.
“[Igbos] should cast their votes for [my] chosen governorship candidate or ‘perish inside the lagoon’” – Oba Rilwanu Akiolu of Lagos
This is perhaps the biggest headline in the wake of the 2015 elections in nigeria, and it is only fair that we bring you the full excerpt of what the Oba told the gathering which had the Eze Ndi-Igbos (Igbo traditional rulers) of all the local government areas in Lagos State in a recent meeting.
According to a Premium Times report of April, 7th;
“Oba Akiolu told a gathering which had the Eze Ndi-Igbos (Igbo traditional rulers) of all the local government areas in Lagos State that they should cast their votes for his chosen governorship candidate or “perish inside the lagoon”.
“On Saturday, if anyone of you goes against the Ambode I picked, that is your end. If it doesn’t happen within seven days, just know that I’m a bastard and it is not my father who born me,” the Oba had told the gathering.
“The one you have done before, he’s my son. Jonathan is my son and I speak to him every day. But, this Saturday, by the grace of God almighty Allah, I am the owner of Lagos and the owner of this…for the time being.”
“Listen. Because this is an undivided chair. The palace belongs to the dead, the living and those coming in future.”
“On Saturday, if anyone of you, I swear in the name of God almighty Allah, goes against my wish that Ambode, insha Allahu, will be the next governor of Lagos State, the person is going to die inside this water.”
“I’m not ready to beg, appeal to anybody o. And that’s why Asiwaju and the governor said, I said that is your own. Even the two of them they cannot disobey me. Nobody knew how I picked Ambode. Jimi (Agbaje) is my blood relation and I told him in a plain language he can never be governor in Lagos for now.”
“The future belongs to God. I am not begging anybody to go, but you must not, I repeat… what you people cannot do in Onitsha, what you cannot do in Aba or anywhere…”
“If you do what I want, Lagos will continue to be prosper for you. If you go against it, you will perish in the water. Finish.”
As the Oba rounded off, it is reported that there was a round of applause in the room from the Igbo chiefs.
“Vote whomever you like. You survived the yearly floods in Lekki. Lagoon is nothing.” – Rita Dominic
Still on the matter, Nollywood bigwig, Rita Dominic took to Twitter and expressed her view on the Oba-Igbo statement.
Her remark was as sarcastic as it trifled the Oba’s threats, as she went; “To my Igbo brothers in Lagos, vote whomever you like. You survived the yearly floods in lekki. Lagoon is nothing.” Quite the bold response coming from the actress. What say you?
“Oba Akiolu was being comical” – Pat Utomi
Daily Post reported on April, 7th; Pat Utomi as saying ‘Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu did not mean any harm with his alleged harsh message to Igbos in Lagos.’
The former Presidential aspirant revealed “the monarch was joking when he threatened that any Igbo that voted against Akinwumi Ambode of the All Progressives Congress, APC, would be thrown into the lagoon.”
“The arena of politics is a slippery slope. The remarks by the Oba of Lagos are inappropriate but all who know him know he talks so in jest.”
“[I’ve] known Oba Akiolu for 20yrs. He says worse to me every time we see but I have no doubt he is fond of me.”
“Typical of Oba as he sees me: Pat go return our land where you built that Lagos Business School. I respond; hold Asiwaju who signed C of O,” he said via twitter.
Boko Haram Took $7billionn From Us, We Want It Back
Daily Post has it that the Igbo Conversational Group, ICG, in a recent congratulatory message to the President-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, for his victory at the polls, called on him to keep to the promise he made to Nigerians where he assured before his election that Boko Haram will be a thing of the past as soon as he is elected.
Chief Ikedi Ohakim, who convened the meeting, stated this at a press briefing in his Abuja office. He believes the President-elect has what it takes to live up to expectations in order to allow Ndi Igbo return to their businesses in the affected areas having lost over $7 billion to insurgency.
“Impeach God First Before You Impeach Me” – Fayose
What goes before a fall? Fayose or pride? Help me here, I’m lost.
Anyways, Governor Ayodele Fayose has spoken concerning a move for his impeachment as he likened the PDP-APC tussle in the state to a football match.
“By the power of God, they lost 16 – 0 on June 21, 2014, they lost 16 – 0 again on March 28, they will lose 26 – 0 on Saturday, April 11.”
He went further;
“I’m like Israel that is in the midst of enemies but will always prevail. Whoever wants to remove me will first have to impeach God.”
Fayose described the move as a retaliatory act for his support of the president in the just concluded election, and insisted he hadn’t been duly informed of any impeachment.
“Nobody served me any impeachment notice. I only saw the notice online like every other person”, Premium Times reports.
PDP, bowed but not cowed. It took Buhari 30 years to come back to power, it would take the PDP only 4 – Doyin Okupe
Punch has it that the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe, has congratulated Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari on his victory at the March 28 presidential election.
Okupe, however, said via his Facebook page that if it took Buhari 30 years to come back to power, it would take the Peoples Democratic Party much less to do so.
He said PDP was bowed, but not cowed. And that it has pleased the Almighty God to give victory to Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, of the APC.
“We have run a good race and fought a gallant battle. We are bowed but not cowed. We lost the crown but we gained a trophy. The PDP family must not despair; if it took General Buhari 30 years to come back to power, it should take us much less. The strife is over for the next four years only”, he said.
Mama Peace wishes Aisha Buhari Well In Office
Dame Patience Jonathan has congratulated Aisha Buhari, wife of president-elect.
In a statement via her media adviser, Ayo Adewuyi, “The First Lady appealed to the Nigerian women to work with Hajia Aisha Buhari and give her the maximum support to make her succeed in her new assignment.The First Lady (Mama Peace) [also] wishes her well in her new task.”
If you recall the back and forths between both women in the wake of the elections, you would see exactly how this is a unique congratulatory message.