The Oluwo of Iwoland in Osun state, Oba Abdurosheed Akanbi, has described the action of former President Olusegun Obasanjo commanding traditional rulers to stand as ‘an affront and sacrilege to the stools of Yorubaland.
He demanded an apology letter from the ex-president for desecrating the Yoruba traditional institution.
Obasanjo was seen in a video circulated on social media telling the traditional rulers that “wherever there is governor or president, there is no king, he must stand up for the governor or president. Stand up, sit down!
In a press release made available to Journalists by the press secretary to Oluwo, Alli Ibraheem, in Osogbo, at the weekend, the monarch also blamed the traditional rulers who obeyed the former president’s order, insisting that the directive that Kings should stand up and sit down is embarrassing.
“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. Respect 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”
“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 dare that against the Northern Emirs.
“This action should be a great challenge to the Yorubas most especially the Royal Fathers. This was the result when monarchs joined the Ogboni confraternity and became juniors to roadside mechanical engineers or carpenters. 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,” Oluwo said.