The Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwanu Akiolu, yesterday threatened that after the 2015 general election he would expose some Nigerians, including traditional rulers who he said are currently deceiving Nigerians.
Akiolu added that the revelations would also expose the top secrets of some Nigerians who pretending that they have a clean record.
The monarch, who apparently was referring to the statement credited to the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, that only two out of the country’s renowned monarchs are free of corruption, yesterday threatened that he would, after the 2015 general election shake the country as he would come up with what he termed top secrets that cannot be disputed by those who claim to be clean.
Oba Sijuwade had while responding to a statement credited to the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Bola Tinubu, said: “Two among the three Obas mentioned by him (Tinubu) were the best friends of the late military Head of State, General Sani Abacha, and among them, one was on the pay roll of the late army general while the other successfully lifted crude oil allocated to him by Abacha.
“You can ask them, Abacha gave me money on more than one occasion, but I refused.
“And if you want to talk of the annulment of the 1993 presidential election won by late Chief M.K.O. Abiola, these two or three traditional rulers should be properly investigated because they were neither here nor there,” the traditional ruler said.
Tinubu had while paying tribute to Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona, on his 80th birthday said: “The good Obas in Yoruba land who are forthright, firm and always stand by the truth are not up to five, they are just three-Oba Awujale, Oba Akiolu and one other.”
But Oba Akiolu, while delivering his address at the public presentation of the book, ‘Corruption and Human Rights Law in Africa’ written by Kola Olaniyan, said a Commissioner of Police during Abacha’s heydays knew those who were involved in shady deals but are now pretending to be clean.
He said about 90 per cent of Nigerians are guilty of corruption, adding that most times, the most corrupt ones would be the first to accuse others of being corrupt.
The Lagos monarch suggested that the best way to tackle the menace of corruption was for all Nigerians to be involved in the development of the country.
According to him, “The monarch that made the statement that I lifted crude oil will be shocked when I make certain revelations after the 2015 general election, and I think he should close his eyes in shame because as at that time, I was still serving in the Nigerian Police Force, and I wondered how I would have such time to be involved in crude oil lifting.
Akiolu therefore urged Nigerians not to put the blame for the country’s problems on President Goodluck Jonathan because the problems had long existed before he came to power.
He noted that what Nigerians should do now was to join hands together and tackle the problems, saying: “We should not blame the administration of President Jonathan totally on the menace of corruption.
“The problem is not caused by one person. So don’t blame President Jonathan 100 per cent for the problems in Nigeria as about 99 per cent of us are guilty of the syndrome of corruption. So everyone should be involved in the fight against corruption,” Akiolu stated.
He also said: “All hands must be on deck to assist the government to bring the problems to an end. We should forget the past and face the future by contributing to the future of the nation.”
Akiolu also called for collective efforts to combat the scourge of Ebola virus, insurgency and corruption, adding that 99 per cent of Nigerians are guilty of corruption.
Earlier in his opening remark, a Lagos-lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), who also chaired the occasion expressed satisfaction over the author’s efforts at coming up with the book at this time in the life of Nigeria.
Falana stated further that: “Because of massive corruption in the continent today, the fundamental human rights of the people have been severely infringed upon.
“What the author has done in his book is the challenge he put on all of us to think about the effect of corruption in Africa, and also, the challenge of Ebola virus is not being tackled under the provisions of the law.”
Falana also described as corruption the failure of the federal government to Carter for the Nigerian Soldiers who have been sent to fight terrorism in Borno State, which led to the protest staged by their (soldiers) wives.
“This is a manifestation of the collapse of the Nigerian state,” he added.
Also in his opening remark, Richard Akinola said: “Corruption is not just looting of the nation’s treasury, it is also the infringement on our value system.”