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Oba of Lagos: I’ll expose role of Yoruba obas during Abacha’s regime after 2015 polls

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OBA of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu I,
yesterday in Lagos, exploded, saying he
would shake the nation after the 2015
general elections. He threatened to reveal
roles played by some Yoruba Obas during the
regime of late military dictator, General Sani
Abacha.
Oba Akiolu, who was the father of the day at
the public presentation of a 368-page book
titled, “Corruption and Human Rights Law in
Africa”, authored by Dr Kolawole Olaniyan, a
renowned lawyer and legal adviser in
Amnesty International, AI, noted that no
single person should be blamed for Nigeria’s
woes.
His words: “I will shake this nation after the
election in February. The man who made the
statement that I lifted oil should cover his
face in shame because I was still a serving
police officer and I wonder how I would have
such time to be involved in the lifting of oil.
Those who collected Abacha’s money know
themselves and I will quote witnesses. Let us
stop apportioning blames, forget the past and
work towards a better future for this country.
Do not put 100 percent blame on President
Goodluck Jonathan because the person who
caused the problem knows himself.”
The Oba called on Nigerians to see the battle
against the scourge of Ebola Virus Disease,
EVD, Boko Haram insurgency, among other
challenges confronting Nigeria as a collective
responsibility that must be battled by all.
Mr. Femi Falana, SAN, who chaired the
occasion on behalf of the Chief Justice of
Nigeria, Justice Mariam Aloma Mukhtar,
described the death of a Nigerian lady in
Dubai for Ebola after she was quarantined on
arrival from Nigeria yesterday morning as a
result of deep corruption in the system.
Falana said: “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 that he has challenged all
of us to think about the effect of corruption
in the continent. The challenge of Ebola is not
being tackled under the provisions of the
law.”
He also blamed corruption for the failure of
the Federal Government to allegedly care for
Nigerian soldiers fighting insurgency in Borno
State, especially without adequate weapons
and welfare. This led to the protest by their
wives, saying “this is a manifestation of the
collapse of the Nigerian state. So something
must be done.”
In her remarks, Deputy Consul-General,
United States, US Embassy in Nigeria, Dehab
Ghebreab, said there was a link between
human rights violation and corruption in
Africa.
According to her, “corruption can breed
militancy and insurgency, which we have
been witnessing in Africa.”
She stressed the determination of the US
government to support Africa in tacking the
menace, while commending steps taken by
the author for the book on human rights and
corruption.
A senior advocate of Nigeria, SAN, Mr. Tayo
Oyetibo, applauded the author, saying it “will
definitely expand our scope and frontier of
the human rights law in Nigeria and Africa.”
Also in his remarks, Mr Richard Akinnola, an
activist said, “Corruption is not just about
looting the nation’s treasury, it is also
corruption when our value system is been
infringed on.”
On his part, the author said he wrote the
book to expand the provisions of the law on
human rights law as well as expose the
extent at which corruption had denied
Africans their natural fundamental rights.

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