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I’ll always speak truth to power, says Oba Akiolu




Oba of Lagos Rilwan Akiolu has said that he would always speak his mind and truth to power because he fears nobody but God.

Akiolu spoke on Thursday when Lagos state Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu met with traditional rulers in Lagos at the Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja.

Akiolu said he is not anybody’s rubber stamp, noting former Lagos state governor Asiwaju Bola Tinubu does not reject his advice and requests but always listens to him.

He however told Sanwo-Olu and his deputy, Dr Obafemi Hamzat not to accede to his request if he makes unworthy requests from them.

The Oba further advised Sanwo-Olu and his deputy to always listen to advice and information from the people but should digest such advice/information before responding.

He said this was important because many who will come to advise them are hypocrites who go telling everybody the discussions they had.

Akiolu said the visit to the governor became necessary because all those elected and given leadership positions must be respected.

He nonetheless said the visit was to discuss germane issues on security and socio-economic development of the state.

He said the visit was to felicitate with the governor on his success at the polls and bring greetings from the kingdoms and the traditional rulers.

He promised that the kings and their chiefs would work with the governor to ensure that his administration is a success.

Sanwo-Olu thanked the traditional rulers for the visit, promising to foster a good working relationship with the traditional institutions for Lagos to be safe and be destination of choice for investment.

Kings from the five divisions of Lagos were present including the Secretary to the State Government, Folashade Jaji and the Chief of Staff, Tayo Ayinde.