The Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu 1, has compared the eight years administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo to that of British colonial rule in the state.
The monarch said the colonial masters did nothing for Lagos, except for their commercial interest in the city.
He also said that President Goodluck Jonathan should not be blamed for the infrastructure deficit in the nation’s commercial nerve center as many of the problems were created by Obasanjo.
Oba Akiolu spoke on Wednesday during the public presentation of two books – The Life of James Pinson Labulo Davis – A Colossus of Victorian Lagos and Worthy in Character and Learning, a collection of lectures and addresses by the Founder of Lagoon Hospitals, Adeyemo Elebute, at the Metropolitan Club in Victoria Island, Lagos.
The well-respected traditional ruler warned that politics should not be mixed with the development of the state.
“The British gave us only sound administration and I pointed it out to the Queen of England when she visited Lagos during Bola Tinubu’s administration.
“Anyone coming after me to be the Oba of Lagos will do more than I can do. Although I have told my children never to think that they will succeed me because they still have a lot to learn. They are not well grounded in the things I know.
“Oba Adeyinka Oyekan taught me on a lot of things that I know and have built on those things today. My being a policeman and lawyer helped me to become well-grounded and not easily fooled in politics”, Oba Akiolu stated.
He noted that Obasanjo’s eight year tenure, which begun in 1999 and elapsed in 2007 denied the state of its due rights.
According to him, “I told the President about six days ago [during his visit to Lagos] that no one should play politics with development.
“Many of the problems for which we are blaming him, although he has his own challenges, were created by the Obasanjo’s administration”.