Nigerians from different walks of life and groups have continued to condemn the threat by the Oba of Lagos against the Igbos in Lagos that if they do not vote for the APC in the governorship elections on Saturday, they should be ready to perish in the lagoon
The Catholic Caritas Foundation of Nigeria (CCFN), an organ of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, in a statement by its Executive Secretary, Rev. Fr. Evaristus Bassey, on Monday in Abuja said Akiolu was “missing the point that Nigeria is a Republic and a democracy and not a monarchy.”
The group therefore called on Akiolu to revert his “curse” on the Igbos, and rather appeal to the people, “for indeed, such a threat may amount to playing God and God, who is a merciful father, will not allow his children to die so senselessly just because they are fulfilling the dictates of their conscience.”
On their part, the youth wing of the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo gave the monarch 48 hours to withdraw his threat and apologise for his outburst against the Igbos.
The Ohanaeze youth wing said it considered the comments credited to the monarch as “a despicable insult on the Igbo nation home and abroad, least expected of a royal father in the rank of Oba of Lagos.”
In a statement in Umuahia on Monday, the National President of Ohanaeze Youth Council, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, said “Nobody, no matter what he thinks he is, has the right to command Ndigbo anywhere on who to vote for in a democratic setting.”
Also, Olisa Metuh, National Publicity Secretary of the PDP condemned the remarks by Akiolu, describing it as “barbaric”, and a descend “to a height of unruliness that should not be accommodated.
He said in a statement, that “it is indeed most unfortunate that a royal father of the status of the Oba of Lagos should attempt to drag the revered traditional institution into partisan politics to the level of threatening innocent Nigerians with the view to prevent them from freely exercising their constitutionally guaranteed right”.
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