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Oluwo of Iwo condemns Obasanjo for ordering monarchs to stand


The Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrosheed Akanbi, has condemned ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo for ordering traditional rulers in Oyo State to stand and greet Governor Seyi Makinde, describing it as a desecration of Yoruba traditional stools.

In a statement signed by his Press Secretary, Alli Ibrahim, Oba Akanbi said Yoruba monarchs could not be treated as uniform men who would be ordered around.

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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 statement said.

Oba Akanbi described Obasanjo’s display as an affront and an intentional desecration of the revered stools of Yorubaland.

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He needs to prove himself as a core Yoruba man with an apology letter. Kings are not toddlers. We are fathers. He will never dare that against the Northern Emirs,” the statement added.

The Oluwo’s condemnation comes after a short video of Obasanjo, who spoke in Yoruba language, surfaced on the Internet, expressing displeasure to the monarchs for not rising to greet Makinde, describing their action as disrespectful to the office of the governor.

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