Lagos not founded by the Bini, Fani-Kayode tells Oba of Benin

Femi Fani-Kayode

Former minister of aviation Femi Fani-Kayode has countered the Oba of Benin Oba Ewuare II on the latter’s position that the Bini founded Lagos State.

Since making the statement during his visit to Lagos on Sunday, November 26, the monarch has sparked controversy offline and online.

The Balogun of Eko Abisoye Oshodi earlier reacted to the Oba’s comment, saying many years ago some Bini only settled on a small island known as Eko and so cannot be said to have founded the entire Lagos as there were indigenous people in other parts of the state at the time.

On Thursday, Mr Fani-Kayode joined the conversation, stating that the claim that Lagos is a “no-man’s land” is false.

“Those that claim that the Bini founded Lagos are indulging in historical revisionism and pure falsehood. The Bini did NOT found Lagos, the Yoruba did,” the ex-minister wrote in his social media post.

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“Again those that claim that Lagos is a ‘no man’s land’ are intellectually challenged and hopelessly misinformed. Lagos is NOT a ‘no-man’s land’, she is Yoruba.

“All the self-serving and revisionist poppycock, Gobellian propaganda, historical abracadabra, nonsensical gobbledegook and disingenuous disinformation being peddled around by aliens, outsiders and non-indgenees about the origins of Lagos, her people and her history must cease forthwith lest the younger generation are misinformed and misled and the people of Lagos are robbed of their true history and identity.”

Fani-Kayode praised Oshodi who “has risen to the occassion and sought to set the record straight.”