Keep Calm! There is No Longer Beef between Oba Rilwan Akiolu and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar


HIGHLIFE …Amazing lifestyles of Nigeria’s rich and famous  with LANRE ALFRED

A multitude of evilly inclined people can stir up strife, just as a crowd of tsetse flies can make a noise like hailstorm, in desperate bid to thwart the bliss and quiet of the most peaceful household. When the target of their plot are two great men in Nigeria, the situation calls for tact and unprecedented caution.

Yes, the paramount monarch and Oba of Lagos, on Monday disclosed that former Vice President Abubakar Atiku and the Director-General of Department of State Services (DSS), Lawal Daura, among others plotted his ouster from the Nigeria Police in 2002. The monarch also said it was possible for them to convince former President Olusegun Obasanjo to summarily retire him from the Nigeria Police because the Police Service Commission (PSC) “is a toothless bull-dog.” He revealed this at a stakeholders’ meeting held in Victoria Island, Lagos, describing his retirement from the force as conspiracy by chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to win 2003 elections in Lagos. Oba Akiolu claimed he “was a victim of that circumstance. “Then Atiku, Daura and others sat down and advised President Obasanjo that if he wanted to win Lagos in 2003, I should be removed.

It was written on paper,” he said. And for this reason, according to Akiolu’s apologists, he is unhappy with Atiku. And this will definitely hinder the chances of the All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain given that he is allegedly planning to contest the nation’s presidential seat in 2019. Pundits believe he may not get the support of the Oba of Lagos and the mandate of the latter’s kingdom. But in a swift reaction, He said he never supervised the Nigeria police or the police service commission, and therefore, could not have been part of any “alleged plot” to force Akiolu out of public service for committing no offence. The ex-VP noted that he was not “familiar with Oba Akiolu as at the time the monarch was removed from the police force.”Atiku said he was “totally innocent” of the allegations made against him by the monarch while adding that he holds him in high esteem.

To most divorcees, marital happiness is like a butterfly that appears and delights for one brief moment, but soon flits away. To others, it’s re-discoverable amid possibilities of having it as a permanent feature of their lives; but whatever the hue or husk in which it represents itself, Funke, the beautiful daughter of Tunde Fowler, FIRS chairman and estranged wife of Abi Kuku, the son of the late Ogbeni Oja of Ijebu, Chief Bayo Kuku, will never shy away from its cathartic bliss. With her striking lovely looks, and understated elegance, Funke is a beautiful young woman. Sadly, Funke Fowler and Abi Kuku’s marriage, like most celebrity and silver spoon kids’ marriages, crashed and they have officially divorced. Although their marriage had all the trappings fame and money could give, Funke and Abi’s marriage was probably ill-fated from the start. It is indeed sad to note that such an extravagant wedding which was held in Nigeria and overseas could last for only few months.

The bride’s parents ferried their guests to the World’s most luxurious hotel, Burj Al Arab in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates. So breath-taking was the party and consumption of continental cuisines and drinks that Burj Al Arab’s rivers of champagne and expensive alcoholic drinks thinned to a tributary. Good money was put to great use for Funke and his beau. Thereafter, the couple criss-crossed the world for their honeymoon playfully running after each other and picking pebbles on the sandy esplanade of holiday resorts while retiring under the moonlight of Europe’s scenic cities among other idyllic vacation spots.

Investigations revealed that Funke walked out of her marriage following intractable conflicts with her husband, Abi. Their marriage was allegedly dogged by disagreements over how things should be done and the kind of lifestyle they ought to adopt as a couple. Things generated between the couple when neither party agreed to play the meek lamb to the other’s wild cat.

There is a lesson in their failures, a didactic experience for all. Their lives, among other things, present a cautionary tale of the fair maidens haunted by vanity and hindered by a macabre lust for the fleeting. As we enter into a new year, their stories will resonate drearily, as usual, except a miracle happens and they catch the fancy of eligible bachelors or married men seeking to take a second or third wife.

However, for the umpteenth time, the social space is once again rent asunder by the shrill cry of yet another female living in denial of marriage. Like a duck which suffered burnt plumes by waddling too close to the fire, former talk show host, Funmi Iyanda, has stated her disgust for marriage. According to her, she is not cut out for wedlock. Iyanda tweeted her opinion recently and some folks came for her. The media gal who was a partner to ex-footballer, Segun Odegbami, had a daughter from the relationship. The pretty mother of one, while anchoring her programme on TV, had said on some occasions that she did not fancy marriage. She is 45 years old and her 46th birthday comes up in July this year. She has tried her hands in some relationships after her relationship with Odegbami did not work out. She is not known to be a wayward woman but she is not just cut out for living under the roof of any man all in the name of marriage.