Eminent Nigerians yesterday unanimously faulted historical claims that the role played by Late Oba Dosumu on the 1861 annexation of Lagos was against the interest of the city, saying that the monarch was heroic in his dealings with Britain.
They also described the annexation as a commercial adventure, adding that it was not driven by human interest as being claimed by the United Kingdom.
This was disclosed at a forum convened by the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, NIIA, entitled: 11th Brainstorming Session On The 1861 Annexation of Lagos As A British Crown Colony: Matters Arising.
Dignitaries at the event, which attracted notable people from the academia, diplomatic corps, legislature and traditional institution include former Head of Interim National Government, Chief Ernest Shonekan, Senator Olorunimbe Momora, Ambassador George Obiozor, Erelu Abiola Dosumu, Mr. Sam Amuka, Publisher/Chairman, Vanguard Newspapers, Dr. Walter Ofonagoro, and Ambassador Robert Clark.
Others were Prof Rafiu Akindele, Prof Tekena Tamuno, Prof Margaret Vogts, Prof Bola Akinterinwa, Ambassador Dapo Fafowora and Prof Alaba Ogunsanwo among others.
In her remarks Erelu Dosumu regretted that Oba Dosumu’s role in the annexation of Lagos as a British colony had been wrongly placed on the wrong side of history.