The Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwanu Akiolu has cautioned Nigerians not to take the country into the past socio economic rots even as he canvassed for votes to return President Muhammadu Buhari in the next week Saturday election.
The monarch, who decried the rot that past administrations left behind in the country, warned: “we should not go back to the past again.”
Oba Akiolu spoke yesterday when Present Muhammadu Buhari paid him Royal visit in his palace shortly before he held Presidential campaign rally in Lagos.
Oba Akiolu who spoke on behalf of the Lagos Traditional Council, described President Buhari as a man of his word.
“Now that you are here, In sha Allah, on February16, God will open the way for you. The best will happen to you.”
The traditional leader assured President Buhari that the body of traditional rulers in the state and across the country are solidly behind him because they appreciate his efforts as a highly respected person in Nigeria.
Oba Akiolu, who is the chairman of the Lagos State Traditional Council of Obas and Chiefs, thanked the President for his achievements since assuming office and urged Nigerians to continue to support him.
He said that he had a catalogue of requests, including mass transit and pressing issues on the Apapa ports, and that they have all been committed into writing.
Akiolu presented Buhari with a Quran as he prayed for him.
In his response, Buhari commended Akiolu’s appreciation of the efforts of his government.
“I appreciate all you have said and I assure you that I will continue to do my best.
“The promise we made through our party in 2015, our country needs to be secured and properly managed.
“If there is no security, we cannot do anything no matter your resources. We thank God our efforts have brought some fruits.”
He said that his government is working hard to end importation of rice and ensure self-dependence.
“We can feed ourselves and the money we save, we can put it in infrastructure; we are building the roads, we are building the rails and we are building power.
“But the failure of former administrations in spite of enormous revenue they got to develop infrastructure is amazing,” Buhari said.
He commended the Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Babatunde Fashola for his hard work and efficiency by keeping contractors on their toes, adding that he has done creditably well.