Former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, has revealed that he was very close to joining the Nigeria Police Force, saying Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu once enrolled him in the force.
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Obanikoro made this revelation in an interview he granted Punch where he said his fight with the National Leader of All Progressive Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, was settled by Oba Akiolu, an ex-policeman, who rose to the position of Assistant Inspector-General of Police before he retired in 2002.
Going down the memory lane when narrating how peace was brokered between him and Tinubu, Obanikoro told the paper, “I have also been close to kabiyesi (Oba Akiolu) to the extent that he got me enrolled in the Nigeria Police Force, when he was still an officer. I didn’t take the offer because as a young man then, I didn’t like the setup in the police. That was why I ran away.
“But I had already been enlisted as a cadet of the Nigeria Police Force from Lagos State. Oba Akiolu was shocked when he learnt that I didn’t take the offer. At a point, he started looking for me. He was really upset when he was told that I had returned to the United States. He wondered why I “wasted” the slot of Lagos State just like that. I share this incident to show you the extent of my closeness to kabiyesi. The issue did not, however, affect our relationship even up till today.”
The PDP chieftain who is rumoured to have dumped the opposition party for the ruling party in the same interview expressed doubts about the genuineness of Nigeria’s democracy.
He said, “Can we really say that we have a democracy when the constitution we are still using was written by the military? Look at a situation where Kano State has 57 local government areas while Lagos with a higher population has 20 local government areas. There is no fairness and equity in such a constitution.”