The Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrosheed Adewale Akanbi has again has asked Ohaneze Ndigbo to apologize for speaking against him.
The flamboyant King insisted that the South-East is engaging Iself-inflicted punishment in a united Nigeria.
His statement is a reaction to the response of Ohaneze Ndigbo to his earlier statement on why he would not support an Igbo presidency.
Explaining the reason for demanding the apology, Oba Akanbi explained, was because the conclusion of Ohaneze Ndigbo was a hasty and unguarded vituperation.
In his words, “I want to challenge the Igbos further to name a monarch outside the South-East who has ever dressed like an Igbo king? I remain an Oba and very committed to the unity and oneness of Nigeria. The Igbos should act more, talk more and do more on the unity of Nigeria instead of their vituperation against an unrepentant preacher and promoter of one Nigeria.
“I was the first monarch outside the South-East to visit Innoson manufacturing company owned by an Igbo man Innocent Chukwuma and the only Nigerian monarch using an Innoson vehicle, which I bought in January 2018. I went further to advertise and promote the made in Nigeria vehicle on highway billboards throughout the country on my personal expenses.”
Oba Akanbi, who lamented that he was surprised Ohanaeze Ndigbo could picture him as dividing Nigeria, added that he has cordial relationships with respected monarchs and personalities from the South-East.
While noting that he never said Igbos can’t produce the president, he explained that there was need for them to re-strategize.
“I appeal to IPOB to sheath their sword and embrace one Nigeria. Our diversity is a strength. We must be smart with it and convert it to advantage. Achieving one Nigeria is a collective responsibility. I challenge Ohanaeze Ndigbo to take responsibility, appeal to IPOB and ESN to ceasefire. It is then that we will know we are all Nigerians in Nigeria and enjoy a better sense of belonging.
“The stakeholders in the zone should address their subjects to promote mutual coexistence. People should be allowed to go to work and transact business. Sit-at-home order will do more harm to people’s means of survival. Secession is an abstract concept in modern Nigeria,” he added.