Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwanu Akiolu, on Sunday decried the greed for money among the citizens as well as early rush for campaign for 2023 poll by some politicians when the incumbent, President Muhammadu Buhari, is yet to even spend one year of his second term in office, declaring that Nigeria as a country needed prayers and be closer to God to move on.
Oba Akiolu showed his displeasure while speaking at the Thanksgiving Reception for one of the country’s foremost lawyers, Ebun- Olu Adegboruwa, who recently bagged the title of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN).
This was as the monarch and other prominent Nigerians in attendance, including judges, traditional rulers and white cap chiefs, clerics, among others eulogised Adegboruwa, describing him as a thorough bred, very hardworking and dedicated, as well as God fearing individual, even as they prayed for his continued rise in the profession.
Oba Akiolu, while noting that it had been prayers that had been making Nigeria to survive all this while, said the greed in the country for money was too much not minding what the Holy book had enjoined on the people of the world.
“What is making this country survive is prayers, we need to be very very close to God and hand to him all our problems. The greed in the country now is too much irrespective of the fact that in the Holy Quran, there is a chapter which says ‘which of the favours of the Almighty Allah will you deny.’
“The person who God almighty put as no1 citizen of this country has not completed one year, everybody has started shouting 2023. Future belongs to Almighty Allah. God almighty will keep this country together, let us pray for success, for listening hear for our no1 man, all will be well with us.
“Future belongs to Almighty Allah. God almighty will keep this country together, let us pray for success, for listening hear for our no1 man, all will be well with us,” he said.
“All of us in this country, let us close ranks, the greed for money money money is to much,” he reiterated.
Speaking on the celebrant, Oba Akiolu, who recalled that he met him several years back on issues that had to do with God giving inheritance of Lagos, described Adegboruwa as someone he respects a lot being very well informed and a God-fearing individual who trained under the late Lagos lawyer, Chief Gani Fawehinmi, who he also described as an erudite, highly disciplined and God fearing.
The oba, while praying for more successes for the celebrant and his wife, urged Adegboruwa, who is also a pastor to continue the way of God, saying he shall be well with him.
Chairman of the occasion, Tayo Oyetubo, who said the occasion was planned to rejoice with Adegboruwa on his achievements, described him as very hard working, dedicated and stubborn, saying being stubborn was not misplaced as one who trained under late Fawehinmi.
Oyetubo, who said he equally trained together with Adegboruwa under late Lagos lawyer, however, recalled that the road was no doubt bumpy.
“I am happy we are together today. He didn’t grew up with silver spoon in his mouth, he fought his way through.