22 January 2013

Nigeria: 'Next Lagos Governor Must Be Competent'

Lagos — Oba of Lagos, Riliwanu Akiolu 1 has ruled out the use of money in deciding the next governor of the state saying a competent person is all the people of Lagos need.

Oba Akiolu stated this yesterday during the inauguration of the newly constituted 69 Council of Lagos Obas and Chiefs at the governor's office, Alausa, Ikeja.

The traditional ruler who is also chairman of the council urged members of the public to be wary so as not to be deceived by those that have started going about with money ahead of the 2015 elections.

He said, "It is only God who knows who will be next governor of Lagos. Some people have been moving about behind the scene telling whoever listens that they are the next governor of Lagos by 2015. We should not let them distract the present government. People should beware of such people."

The Oba of Lagos commended Governor Babatunde Fashola for transforming the state, adding that the next governor must be someone who will perform beyond what the incumbent has been able to put in place.

He however warned other traditional rulers in the state to desist from engaging land grabbers to tormenting residents in the state, adding that he had personally informed the Inspector General of Police to deal with anyone found wanting.

In his remarks, Governor Babatunde Fashola commended the Obas and Chiefs for ensuring peaceful coexistence in the state.

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