Oluwo criticizes Obasanjo for ordering Yoruba monarchs

Oluwo criticizes Obasanjo for ordering Yoruba monarchs

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Oluwo criticizes Obasanjo for ordering Yoruba monarchs

By Akinsuroju Abiodun Olubunmi

Oluwo criticizes Obasanjo for ordering Yoruba monarchs. In a recent event during the commissioning of the 34.85 km Oyo-Iseyin road in Oyo state, ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo drew attention when he directed traditional rulers to stand in greeting to Governor Seyi Makinde. This action has since ignited a debate on the propriety of such a request in Yoruba culture.

Obasanjo, emphasizing the cultural significance, stated, “Whenever a governor or the president is present, a monarch must stand up to honour the governor or president.” The monarchs in attendance complied amid a mix of laughter and applause.

However, Abdulrosheed Akanbi, the Oluwo of Iwo, condemned Obasanjo’s directive, deeming it a breach of traditional protocol. Akanbi asserted that respect should be earned and not commanded. He lamented the compliance of the monarchs, holding them accountable for what he characterized as a disregard for the sanctity of their revered positions.

Akanbi emphasized the importance of modesty, courtesy, and respect in interactions with traditional rulers, highlighting kingship as a divine institution. He expressed confidence that such an incident would not occur in his presence or in the presence of like-minded monarchs.

The Oluwo of Iwo further called on Obasanjo to extend an apology to the traditional rulers for what he considered a public affront to their esteemed roles. He underscored the need for a demonstration of genuine understanding and respect for the Yoruba cultural heritage.

Akanbi concluded by cautioning against monarchs aligning with secret societies, suggesting that it compromises their autonomy and integrity as custodians of tradition. He emphasized the role of traditional rulers as fathers and pillars of their communities, urging a renewed commitment to preserving the dignity of their esteemed positions.

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