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Oluwo demands apology from Obasanjo for ordering monarchs to stand up

THE Oluwo of Iwo land Oba Abdulrosheed Akanbi has tacked former President Olusegun Obasanjo for ordering traditional rulers in Oyo State to stand and greet Governor Seyi Makinde.

At the inauguration of some projects in Oyo on Friday, Obasanjo knocked the monarchs for not showing respect to Makinde.

Oba Akanbi, however, reacted in a statement on Saturday by his press secretary Alli Ibrahim, noting that the former president’s action was tantamount to desecration of Yoruba traditional stools.

The Oluwo said, “I trust myself and my stool. At death, there are certain things my soul will not take let alone when alive, active and kicking. I only blame the monarchs who stood in obeisance to such an ignoble and desecrating of traditional institutions from the old man. Respects should be earned not demanded.

“Traditional Rulers respect their subjects too. There is a way respect is accorded to people of old age and position by monarchs. Kingship is an institution of God. As such, relating with kings requires a high sense of modesty, courtesy and respect.

“The display by the former president of Nigeria, General Obasanjo was an affront, an intentional desecration and sacrilege against revered stools of Yorubaland. An injury to one is an injury to all. Yoruba traditional rulers are not uniform men anyone can command at will. I don’t blame him, those Royal Fathers who stood up to obey such an embarrassing direction are to be blamed.

“I’ve strong assurance that such will never happen in and some few monarchs I will not mention ‘Iwo kogba igbakugba.’”

Demanding an apology, he said, “The show by the former general is condemnable. Yoruba traditional institutions demand an apology for the open desecration to molest and bring down the institution. He needs to prove himself as a core Yoruba man with an apology letter. Kings are not toddlers. We are fathers. He will never dares that against the Northern Emirs.

“This action should be a great challenge to the Yorubas most especially the Royal Fathers. This is the result when monarchs joined Ogboni confraternity and became junior to a road side mechanical engineer or carpenter. As a responsible monarch, you don’t have to join any secret society where you may be controlled by a teacher or even a herbalist.”

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