CIVIL Society organisations in Nigeria, under the umbrella of Civil Society Situation Room have condemned the statement made by Rilwan Akiolu, Oba of Lagos, threatening Igbos in the State who may vote against his preferred candidate in the forthcoming April 11 governorship election in the State.
According to the Situation Room, “the Oba’s statement offends the constitutionally guaranteed rights of every citizen to vote for candidates of their choice in elections. His statement also constitutes an electoral offence as it constitutes threats of violence. In addition, it constitutes hate speech likely to provoke mass crimes in violation of international human rights laws.”
“Situation Room calls on the Oba of Lagos to immediately withdraw his statement, apologise for his hate speech and reiterate his respect for the right of all Nigerian citizens to freely and democratically express themselves in the State-level elections on April 11 2015,” a statement from the civil society Situation Room made available to Realnews, April 8, said.
The Situation Room is made up of 67 civil society organisations in the Nigeria which are monitoring the 2015 election under the leadership of Clem Nwankwo.
— Apr. 20, 2015 @ 01:00 GMT