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No, Thank You Sir… How Governor Babatunde Fashola turned down a Chieftancy Title



Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos state has been described by many as the most loved Governor in Nigeria. For those who subscribe to this, his recent act of politely rejecting the honour of a chieftaincy title has given them more reasons to love him.

The Governor, on Saturday politely rejected a chieftaincy title which was offered to him by a royal father, Oniru of Iru land, Lagos, Oba Abidun Idowu Oniru.

In his remarks, he said the task of governance required absolute focus and he would want the chieftaincy title to wait for now.

“Kabiyesi and his chiefs can continue to lead us, let them deal with all those traditional and chieftaincy issues. At the appropriate time, we will come and join them, but for now, leave us in our suits, booths, overalls and helmets, because this agbada is not good for clearing refuse and tarring the roads.”

He, however, received the award of excellence conferred on him by the monarch who was celebrating his 75th birthday and 18th coronation anniversary.


The argument of many who support his rejection of the chieftancy title is that it would interfere with his role as a Governor and would probably result in favouritism and God Fatherism in politics.

What do you think about his remarks and his polite rejection of the title?

News Source: Punch

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at


  1. Rosellar

    September 9, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Big up, BRF! We love you in your suits. Plus once you start accepting these numerous chieftaincy titles, you will start compromising! The governor with a sound mind!!!!

  2. iamfascinating

    September 9, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    I think he did the right thing, titles are nothing, making a positive impact is everything!

    Are you over 25? you need to get retinol and collagen creams to keep that youthful look!available @

  3. segun

    September 9, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    This guy has been impressive so far. Leadership by example at work

  4. ogunba oluwakemi

    September 9, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    For his recent act of politely rejecting the honour of a chieftaincy title. I love him more!!!

  5. KayKayF

    September 9, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    I love this guy no space for oshi

  6. Kingsley

    September 9, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    This man is distinguished. . I just gbadu im style. . .

  7. Hilary O.N. Uzokwe

    September 9, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    Chieftaincy is clear distraction for Gov. Fashola at this time. He is certainly too busy to put on “1500” now. The best way to demonstrate appreciation for this dedicated governor’s work will be to join and pull forces together to make him the next president so he will become of benefit to all Nigeria.
    Bravo, Governor Fashola. Your good work is noted beyond Lagos State and beyond Nigeria. Keep it up.

  8. Tunde muritala

    September 9, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    Gud of him for rejectin it politely.The title should be given to him after his tenure,if he truly deserves it.

  9. Adedeji

    September 9, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    We are not expecting anything less. Keep the flag flying people’s Gov.

  10. Duchi

    September 9, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    Brf .. can only be otunba to BABA GOD and not to any other small god

  11. lily

    September 9, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    am not even from Lagos state but I’ll vote for him to be the president!!!!

  12. Barth

    September 9, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    That is a sign of good leader,go on with your admin performance.

  13. Brandon Tor

    September 9, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Can the opposition put Fashola for President of Nigeria? This is the man to move Nigeria up.

  14. Le Dynamique Professeur

    September 9, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    This man makes sense. Always on point!

    – LDP |

  15. Ibrahim O. Fatai

    September 9, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    wisdom and respect. kudos to u BRF

  16. Femi Ekundayo

    September 9, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    Bravo!! B R F GREAT man with GREAT mind of positive thinking carries no handbag of distraction from focus. Nigerians & Lagosians love u, ride on and keep the flag flying.

  17. Akindele Samuel

    September 9, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    What a man! U’re indeed a man of de people.Eko o ni baje lori e BRF Jeun soke joo

  18. Na wa!

    September 9, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    I just respect Fashola. Big ups to the governor!

  19. Mecha isaiah

    September 9, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    What a wounderful man. I will personally vote and campain for him for the post presdo in Nija.he is d kind of man we need.

  20. konnie

    September 9, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    Gov. I gree your own. You don’t need the distractions. The honors and accolades can come later. May God protect you. amen

  21. Lynx Express

    September 9, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Gov Fasola’s action is one of the prominent warning signals of the end of the era of obtuse mediocrity in Africa represented by the chieftaincy culture.

  22. toluju k

    September 9, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    Fashola for president 2015

  23. andrea

    September 9, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    The best governor on sit ve ever seen. Fashola more grease to ur elbow jarey. i wish the rest will see the reason with you.

  24. Let them say

    September 10, 2012 at 1:15 am

    Publicity right??????

  25. Let them say

    September 10, 2012 at 1:16 am

    We understand the game. No thank you sir!!!!

  26. [email protected]

    September 10, 2012 at 1:31 am

    like how will the title add to his intellect and ability to govern well anyways!,bout time we ditch all that. If chieftaincy titles could stop corruption in the land then…..

  27. gimmer

    September 10, 2012 at 2:52 am

    eko o ni baje o…o baje ti. Long live BRF

  28. Amber

    September 10, 2012 at 4:18 am

    More title,more expectations,more trouble…so he did well to have turned the offer down.

  29. NNENNE

    September 10, 2012 at 4:21 am

    Nigeria needs more Fasholas. Could anyone begin to imagine if we have at least 500?

  30. idak

    September 10, 2012 at 10:11 am

    BRF, this man knows how to play the media big time.
    good for him.

  31. Zandra

    September 10, 2012 at 11:00 am

    nice one…If he accepted the title,he would become very partial…Thumbs up Fashola!…Nice one!!

  32. Paul

    September 10, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    This guy demonstrates what it means to be a leader every time. It’s not about chieftancy title, it’s about leading by examples. Gov Fashola, well done, lagos is a lot cleaner. I will vote for him for presidency. I hope the next Lagos governor continues his good work.

  33. Aliyu Garba

    September 10, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    Nice one, I hope his colleagues and other public office holders will start rejecting traditional titles and honorary doctorate degrees because is another face of corruption

  34. ag

    September 11, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    just keep loving this guy over and over again! this is humility in the highest level. keep up the good work for we are seriously behind you. long live BRF,may u reap d fruit of your labour in good health and sound mind. AMEN eko o ni baje o!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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