Falana To Oba Akinolu; Apologise Now Without Delay


A Lagos based Human rights Lawyer and activist, Mr. Femi Falana has advised the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, to make no delay in apologizing to Igbos for his harsh statement towards them on Sunday when Eze Ndigbos (Igbo traditional rulers) of all the local governments in Lagos went to pay him a courtesy visit in his palace.

Mr. Falana in a press statement issued on Tuesday said the Oba’s diversionary threat is totally unacceptable as it is a mockery of the political objective of national integration.

“It is illegal as it clearly offends Section 42 of the Constitution which has prohibited discrimination on grounds of ethnicity, religion, political opinion, creed or sex,” Mr. Falana said.

 He also says the Oba lacks the power to cause anyone to ‘die in the Lagoon within seven days,’ stating the threat constitutes a violation of the fundamental right of thousands of citizens to life. He then urged the Oba to apologize without delaying.