Oct. 29, 2013
The largest markets in Lagos State, Nigeria’s most vibrant economy, were scandalously shut down today by the Asiwaju Bola Tinubu family.
Our sources say the unusual event is in honour of Mrs. Folashade Tinubu-Ojo, Bola Tinubu’s daughter, who was being installed as the new ‘Iyaloja General of Nigeria.’
The installation took place at the palace of the Oba of Lagos, His Royal Majesty Rilwan Akiolu 1, who was also celebrating his 70th birthday anniversary.
“The title is a joke, actually,” a newspaper columnist told SaharaReporters, “because Nigeria does not offer Iyaloja tiles, whether Ordinary, Extraordinary or General. Nobody can paste a title on someone’s forehead in the name of Nigeria, and the Attorney-General ought to challenge it. Perhaps Lagos citizens now think their titles are meaningless if it simply says Lagos, Ikorodu or Isale Eko.”
In a report, PM News in Lagos said that markets throughout the Lagos metropolis, including Ayobo-Ipaja, Iyana-Ipaja, Abule-Egba, Dopemu, Ogba, Egbeda, Agege, Balogun, Oke Arin, Oyingbo, Oshodi, Mushin and Ikotun were all deserted. This meant that the Lagos economy lost millions, perhaps billions of Naira in trade transactions today alone.
This development reflects the abuse and arbitrary use of power that Bola Tinubu is routinely identified. The APC leader arbitrarily imposed his daughter as “Iyaloja of Lagos” after his mother Abibatu Mogaji died last June.
SaharaReporters’ investigations today did not reveal that any of the big businesses of any of the Tinubus to be closed for the event.