Controversial traditional ruler of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, has made a shocking claim that Lagos state is not a part of Yoruba land.
In a recent report by Daily Post, the Oba made the statement from his palace while tracing the historical background of the state and why it should not be regarded as part of Yoruba land.
This comes after the heated debate on social media following the release of a video showing the Oba “snubbing” the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi at an event recently.
The statement reads:
“It was a major centre of the slave trade until 1851. Lagos was annexed by Britain via the Lagos treaty of cession in 1861, ending the consular period and starting the British Colonial Period. The remainder of modern day Nigeria was seized in 1886 when the Colony and Protectorate of Nigeria was established in 1914 Lagos was declared its capital due to the struggle of the Bini King.
“Lagos experienced growth prior to the British Colonial rule and even more rapid growth during the Colonial rule throughout the 1960s, 70s, continued through the 80s and 90s till date. Thanks to the Awori’s, Bini’s, Yoruba’s, migrants across the nation and world at large, as no particular group of people can take the glory alone.
“Lagos is made up of Lagoons and creeks. The Lagos lagoon, Lagos Harbour, five cowne creeks, Ebute-Metta creeks, Porto-Novo creeks, New canal, Badagry creeks, Kuramo waters and Light house creeks.”