Rufai Oseni, a news presenter and author at Arise TV, has entered the recent tribal debates among Lagos residents regarding the “ownership” of Lagos State. These discussions have been prompted by the candidacy of Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour, a Labour Party gubernatorial aspirant in the state whose mother is Igbo, and Peter Obi’s victory in Lagos State in the recently held presidential election against former Lagos Governor Bola Tinubu.
Oseni tweeted on March 15 that Lagos was a British colony until it was ceded to a Lagos Monarch, some of whose developments were made by the British. He then tweeted a photo of the treaty cessation document between the British government and Oba Dosunmu. Oseni declined to acknowledge the statements that “Lagos is no man’s land” or “it is a Yoruba land.”
He tweeted; “This Land called Lagos was owned by the British for 99years, from 1861-1960….Most of the initial development was done by the British.”
A Colony 1. a country or area under the full or partial political control of another country and occupied by settlers from that country. Lagos was a British Colony!
Up till 1960, Most Lagosians were British Subjects.On Independence most of them opted to Join the Nigeria Federation, they could have got British passports if they wanted.