The governorship candidate of Labour Party, LP, in Lagos State, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour, has asked those doubting his Yoruba heritage to study the history of Lagos, saying that the ‘’Yoruba-Igbo tribal card’’ being employed by his political opponents is a ploy to disunite and distract people from ending what he described as 24 years of arrested economic and political development.
The LP governorship hopeful, who said this in a statement made available to Sunday Vanguard, noted that the fact that his mother is Igbo, doesn't mean he is not an original Omo onile olona of Lagos State. Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour also went further to state categorically, that he doesn't have time for the 1939 April Fool's day joke that ignited the Yoruba versus Igbo rivalry and its current divisive effects.
He said, "Yes, my father is Yoruba and my mother is Igbo. In Yorubaland, a child is that of the father. Omo ÍkÍ ni mi. I am an original Omo onile olona of Lagos, and with so many high flyers in this Yoruba family that I have to emulate and surpass. I hardly have time for the 1939 April Fool’s day joke that ignited the Yoruba versus Igbo rivalry and its current divisive effects. My focus is on how to uplift Lagos, my beloved state of birth and lineage by resolving the perennial Lagos traffic problem..."
Speaking further, Rhodes-Vivour said he also noticed that there was no much difference between Yoruba and Igbo as they share hundreds of the same words, including Okuta/Okwute (stone), Imu/Imi (nose), Akuko/Okuko (chicken), Omo/Umu (child), Ifa/Afa, and so on.
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Source: Vanguard Newspaper.
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