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Oba of Benin’s Claim on Lagos Foundation Sparks Social Media Debate

The recent assertion by the Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, claiming that the Binis founded parts of Lagos State has ignited a vigorous debate on social media. The monarch made the comment during a visit to Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, prompting reactions from notable personalities and netizens.

In response to the Oba’s statement, the Balogun of Eko, Abisoye Oshodi, disagreed, stating that Lagos was not founded by the Binis. Comedian Seyi Law shared historical insights, referencing a joint war involving Benin and Itsekiri warriors against the King of Mahin Kingdom, Oba Alagwe, leading to the settlement of Binis in Lagos.

Amid the debate, an X user named B0lutife criticized the Yorubas for their reactions, cautioning against ridiculing traditional leaders. Another user, OgbeniDipo, emphasized the need for civil disagreement and moderation in language.

The controversy over the founders of Lagos has long been a subject of contention between the Yorubas and the Binis. In 2019, Alhaji Tajudeen Olusi, a prominent Lagos Prince, asserted that the Binis were the first settlers in Lagos, while Chief Musiliu Anibaba claimed the Aworis were the initial inhabitants. The historical debate continues to stir conversations and reflections on the complex origins of Lagos State.

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