The Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu on Wednesday said the election of President Muhammadu Buhari for a second term in office was a clear proof that no man, but God gives power.
Akiolu made the statement when participants of the Senior Executive Course 41 of the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, visited him at his palace in Lagos.
Our correspondent reports that the visitors, who were on a study tour of the state were led by Dr Nasirudeen Usman, NIPSS Acting Director of Studies.
Akiolu said the president got his second term mandate from God through the people of Nigeria.
He said the claim by former President Olusegun Obasanjo prior to the election that Buhari would not win the election because he did not support him had been neutralised by the president’s triumph.
Akiolu said Obasanjo had always arrogated to himself the divine power to determine the country’s leaders, adding that Buhari’s victory in the last election had demystified him.
“I had said that Buhari would win even before the election, unfortunately, the number one person creating problems in this country is former president, Obasanjo.
“He arrogated to himself the powers of the Almighty Allah by saying it was the support he gave to Buhari that made him win the first term.
Obasanjo said Buhari would not win the second term but did Buhari not win? Did I not say Obasanjo will be disappointed by the time the results were announced.
The president’s victory clearly shows power belongs to God only and no man can decide who leads the country”, he added.
Akiolu urged Nigerians to support the president to deliver the goods as he begins his second term in office.
He said the problems of insecurity, unemployment and other challenges of the country would be better tackled if citizens joined hands with government to address them.
The monarch urged politicians to put the issues of the last elections behind them and work together for the progress of the country.
Akiolu advised Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the general elections to drop his case against Buhari’s election.
If anyone of you here is close to Atiku, tell him he can never succeed in what he is doing now.
Buhari will complete his term in office, but Buhari too has to listen to the people, pray to God and be honest in what he is doing ”, he said.
The monarch commended the visit of the NIPSS Executive course participants to the state, saying the state would benefit from the study tour of the delegation.