Asari Dokubo Replies Oba of Benin Over Comments That Lagos Was Founded by the Binis.
Alhaji Mujahid Asari Dokubo has dismissed the claims that Lagos was founded by the Bini people, as stated by the Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, during his visit to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Sunday.
Dokubo, the founder of the defunct Niger Delta People’s Volunteer Force, expressed his views in a video on Thursday, where he accused the Oba of Benin of spreading a false and misleading history. He said the Oba of Benin had no evidence to support his assertion that the Binis founded Lagos, which he also said was a historical fallacy.
He argued that Lagos was originally inhabited by the Awori subgroup of the Yoruba people in the 15th century and the Bini people only invaded Lagos Island in the 16th century with the help of the Ijaw people.
Dokubo said the Bini people did not establish any permanent settlement or administration in Lagos, and they were eventually driven out by the Yoruba people.
He also pointed out that Lagos was composed of five divisions, four of which were part of the former western region, and that only Lagos Island was the subject of the Bini invasion. Other parts of Lagos, Ikeja, Ikorodu, Badagry, and Mushin, had nothing to do with the Bini people.
Dokubo challenged the Oba of Benin to explain his claim that Lagos belonged to the Bini people when Lagos was surrounded by the Yoruba and Egun people. He accuses the Oba of Benin of trying to impose a parasitic history on Lagos, and most of the stories he told were not true.
Dokubo cautioned the Oba not to confuse the attack of the Bini army on Lagos Island with the founding of Lagos. Bini people did not create Lagos, but only destroyed it, and the Oba should respect the history and identity of the Lagos people and not claim what was not.
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