Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, is under fire over his comment on Wednesday that hoodlums who invaded his palace during the #EndSARS protest stole his $2 million and N17 million.
Akiolu, who spoke at the Glover Hall Memorial Commissioning, Lagos on Wednesday, lamented the devastation inflicted on Lagos by the protesters, including his palace.
“I can now say it publicly that they stole from my palace two million dollars cash and N17 million, I am now saying it publicly.
“I am not a wealthy man, but I am a contented person and Insha Allahu, I will continue to be rich.
“Those who committed the offence would not have done that if they knew the implication. But as a father, I won’t place any curse on them,” he added.
Akiolu’s comment has elicited a backlash on social media, with Nigerians asking how he got such a huge amount of money that he kept in his palace.
Many Nigerians who reacted to the story on social lambasted the monarch, asking where he got that huge amount of money.
Here are the reactions below:
According to J. Osaghae, who commented on the story, “Oba Rilwan Akiolu, can you tell Nigerians where you got $2 million and 17 million naira? You are shameless to come out with this type of story. You are not a clean man. Your curse cannot work on those who took the money.
“You cursed before but it did not work. You gave them an ultimatum to return what was taken away from your palace that you turned into a bank, but it did not work.”
Suraj Adejumo wrote, “This King is shameless and callous. Two million dollars!”
Sunny Lulu, who reacted to the story, said: “In my opinion, although it is sad to note that the Oba lost such a huge amount of money supposedly to those who vandalized his palace (they are not the #Endsars protesters, but the hoodlums sponsored by failed politicians), it’s very difficult to sympathize with the monarch because keeping such a large amount of money at home could be hazardous, e.g. fire incidents.”
According to Ade Badejo, “Oga that one na voice mail. You get that kind amount; subjects living around you can’t even feel it. Where’s your humanity? You wan carry the money go to heaven? At that age?”
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