The Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu said President Goodluck Jonathan should not be blamed for Nigeria’s woes.
The monarch said this on Thursday, while receiving Jonathan at his palace in Lagos where the president visited to pay homage to the king, ahead of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) rally to flag off his presidential campaign.
According to Akiolu, many of the problems the country face dates back to the pre-Jonathan era. He however berated former president Olusegun Obasanjo for how he treated Lagos State, when he was in power, saying he left many problems of the country unsolved.
“What will be, will be; God Almighty will give the best person the opportunity to lead this country.
“Mr President, God knows the best; I am happy; what I want are free and fair elections.
“I am happy that Mr President directed INEC to ensure that voters’ cards are distributed to every eligible member of the electorate,’’ he said.
Akiolu also urged security agents not to allow politicians to use them unfairly against any citizen during the general elections.
He described both the PDP governorship candidate, Mr Jimi Agbaje, and his APC counterpart, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, as his children and asked God to choose the better man for Lagos.
The Oba expressed confidence that Nigeria would be more united after the elections.
Speaking earlier, Jonathan said that he came to the palace to pay homage to the royal father and seek his prayers and support for his ambition.
The president said that the Nigerian government under the PDP had done much for the country, contrary to claims by the opposition.