It was a rare sight in Warri, Delta State, on Satudary as former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, was spotted his kneeling as he paid homage to the new Olu of Warri, Ogiame Atuwatse III.
WuzupNigeria reported that the newly crowned monarch of the Itsekiri Kingdom is the son of the 19th Olu Atuwatse II, Godwin Toritseju Emiko and Gladys Durorike Emiko.
While the coronation ceremony was the talk of the town on Saturday, Obasanjo's gesture has attracted mixed reactions from some Nigerians on social media.
Some hailed the 84-year-old former president for his display of humility despite the wide margin between his age and that of Ogiame Atuwatse III who is just 36 years of age.
However, some others thinks that there's an ulterior motive behind Obasanjo's gesture.
A Facebook user identified as Mazi Nwachinemelu said, “His oil well is in Warri na. What do you expect? Oga is protecting his business.”
However, influencer, J.J Omojuwa on Twitter said, "it’s important that people like him do this, especially in the context of what traditional rulers have become in the face of our politics and the constitution. Obasanjo never fails with this one."
@vivatofficial thinks that there's a motive behind Obasanjo's gesture to the "Baba with the last card. Game is an art not science and baba understands this better."
But @ENIBOY said, "84 year Old Obasanjo kneels before 37-year-old Olu of Warri. The beauty of tradition. The Itsekiris are Yoruba in spirit, says Prince Yemi Emiko, a younger brother of the immediate past Olu of Warri. They also share ancestry with the Bini people. Long live Ogiame Atuwatse III."
Another user, @IdorenyinEtuk5 added, "One thing I learn with admiration from Obj is his open respect for authority irrespective of who seats in authority, just the same way he would rebuke openly those who abuse the authority trusted to them. He is not perfect but this is something I admire."
Another Facebooker, Justice Oghogho thinks that "OBJ is a wise man n rugged politician. Always want to protect his own interest.# Petty politics"