Frontline traditional ruler in Lagos, Oba Riliwan Akiolu, says he is hopeful Lagos will be accorded special status sometime later. He blamed former Nigerian leader Olusegun Obasanjo for senate’s opposition to conferring superior status on Lagos.
Akiolu claimed Obasanjo had toyed with the idea while falsely assuring he was working on it when a delegation of Lagos’ leaders met him.
The monarch said Obasanjo’s successor, late President Umaru Yar’Adua would have done it, had he not died.
“Yar’Adua had promised to grant Lagos a special status. If Yar’Adua had not died, it would have happened by now,” he said.
Akiolu spoke at a quarterly town hall meeting, addressed by Lagos governor Akinwunmi Ambode, held at the Teslim Balogun Stadium. A Lagos senator Remi Tinubu had sponsored a bill conferring a special status on Lagos, but was overwhelmingly voted against by northern senators.
Lagos was Nigeria’s former federal capital territory and currently its commercial nerve centre. It is regarded a melting pot for Nigerians from various states, and currently said to be inhabited by about 21 million.