- The real owners of Lagos state or those who founded Lagos state have been a long debate between Lagosians and the people of Benin
- The topic was revisited by the Oba of Benin during his recent visit to Lagos Governor, Sanwo-Olu
- Te monarch's revelation of how his ancestors founded Lagos state has led to a fresh argument on Nigeria's social media space amid trending political issues
Legit.ng journalist Esther Odili has over two years of experience covering political parties and movements
Reactions trail Oba of Benin's understanding of who owns Lagos state
Recall that on Sunday, November 26, Oba Ewuare II paid a visit to Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, at the Lagos House, Marina.
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The first-class monarch revealed that Lagos state was founded by his ancestor, Prince Ado, the son of the first Oba of Benin.
The Oba of Benin also said according to history, Prince Ado left Benin Kingdom in the 15th century and established a settlement on the island of Lagos, which later became the capital of the state.
He added that Lagos and Benin share a common heritage and culture, and urged the people to preserve their identity and values.
His claims, however, did not sit well with some state actors in Lagos state and Nigerians who have taken to social media to counter the Oba's revelation.
Reacting to the matter, Balogun Eko, in a video shared by @omolisabi1 on his X page, gave his account of the real history of Lagos state.
He state thus:
"With all due respect to the Oba of Benin, Sir may you live long. Point of correction sir, Lagos was never founded by the Benin.
"I'm glad that you said some parts of Lagos not all the entire Lagos. Yes you are right; your ancestors settled on a small Island that was called Eko then before the creation of Lagos. And on this very Island, they never created it, the island has been there before the arrival of your ancestors.
"Your ancestors only came and forcefully imposed a taxation system on transit with the traders on the land called Iganran, Ilu Iganran Whatever that means in Benin I do not know but there have been other tribes on the island before the creation of Lagos."
Balogun's post gathered mixed reactions as Nigerians take sides regarding the history of Lagos on social media.
Watch Balogun Eko's full video below
“God ordained Tinubu to be Nigerian president,” says Oba of Benin
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the Oba of Benin said Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu's presidency has divine backing.
The monarch said God ordained Tinubu to be president of Nigeria. He urged Nigerians to support his administration and live in peace.
Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo Ewuare II said:
“God has ordained that Tinubu would become President of Nigeria. We must iron out our differences and learn to live together as one, big family.”
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