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Politicians Whipping Up Ethnic Sentiments To Divide Lagosians – Rhodes-Vivour

The governorship candidate of the Labour Party (LP) in Lagos State, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour, has accused politicians of whipping up sentiments to divide Lagosians and Nigerians in general.

Speaking during an interview on Channels Television on Thursday, Rhodes-Vivour said the people of Lagos want good governance regardless of the tribe of the governor.

The LP flagbearer added that Lagos state has been peaceful and harmonious for a long time until politicians started using ethnic and religious sentiments to divide the residents.

Rhodes-Vivour, however, advised the citizens to be wary of politicians who campaign using primordial sentiments during election periods.

He said, “Lagos State has been in harmony for a long time. What happens is politicians try to divide us. Let us be wary of politicians who remember that they are Yoruba when it is time for politics. When Fulani herdsmen were making incursions into Oyo and people like Sunday Igboho, and Rotimi Akeredolu stood up, a lot of politicians in Lagos were quiet. They played politics with it.

“When it was time for Amotekun, they were quiet. They were quiet on so many interests of the Yoruba people because they wanted an alliance with the north. So, they put their political interest above the interest of their people. And all of a sudden, it is election time and they are reminding you that this person does not speak Yoruba.”

He added: “All the agberos on the streets that are wasting their lives, young men that are getting on drugs and are multiplying for years, do they meet the ones that are Yorubas and rehabilitate them, get them off the streets and ensure that they are more productive members of the society?”

Reacting to the controversy regarding his background, Rhodes-Vivour said he is a proper cosmopolitan Lagosian having roots with the Yoruba people.


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The LP flagbearer added that he trained in the best institutions in the world and has the capacity to lead the country’s commercial nerve center.