As reactions continue to trail the threat by the Oba of Lagos,Rilwan Akiolu to drown Igbos in Lagos should they fail to vote his preferred candidate Akinwumi Ambode of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Saturday’s governorship elections in the state Igbo groups in Lagos have dragged the Oba to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).
In a petition sent to the Executive Secretary of the Commission ((NHRC) Prof. Bem Angwe, and made available to the media on Wednesday in Abuja the Ohaneze-Ndigbo Lagos and Igbo Justice Congress, they called for the intervention of the Commission to forestall the threat by Oba Akiolu.
The petition signed by Hon. Innocent Arinze for Ohaneze Ndigbo and Arinze Ugwu for Igbo Justice Congress read”the entire in Lagos State seeks your intervention to forestall the threat by HRM Oba Akiolu, the Oba of Lagos to drown all Ndigbo in Lagos State inside the lagoon if they failed to vote his candidate, Mr Akinwumi Ambode of the APC Lagos.
“Sequel to a widely publicized write-up in almost all the national newspapers on the 6th of April on the aforementioned, we on behalf of the entire Ndigbo resident in Lagos State solicit for your intervention to avert a carnage that might follow the Kabiesi’s threat as Ndigbo have always been targets of such threats in the past.
“We most courteously solicit your intervention in order to support the spirited and strident peace efforts President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and the President-Elect, General Muhammadu Buhari as enshrined in their noble peace accord agreement for a peaceful pre and post election periods. On this peaceful and commendable charter of free,fair and peaceful election we all stand.
They further said”Ndigbo were therefore taken unawares for such a phobiatic statement from a royal father of Kabiesi’s status. We equally add, that Oba Akiolu had a day before, issued a text message to the good people of Lagos to resist and attack Ndigbo as top thwart. What he called “Take Over” of Lagos State as according to him, Hausas took over Kwara State, the SMS is quite anti-semite and capable of igniting ethnic war in an election period.
“Ndigbo therefore ask all the security agencies to save them from the threat of Oba Akiolu as we are poised to exercise our franchise of voting for the candidate of our choice and defend same” they declared.
They called on all Ndigbo in Lagos State to be law abiding and remain as they are willing to do all within the law to protect their lives and properties including seeking at the International Criminal Court (ICC).
The petition was copied the ICC, the Inspector-General of Police,INEC, President Jonathan, President-Elect Buhari, Governor Fashola, APC Leader Ahmed Tinubu, the Embassies of the US, UK and the European Union.