After the video of the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu snubbing the Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Ogunwusi at a public function in Lagos on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 went viral, the palace of the the Ooni of Ife has reacted to the humiliating treatment meted out by the Oba of Lagos.
In the 25 seconds video, the Ooni of Ife is seen arriving the venue of the event which had the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu II.
The Ooni, on entering the hall, went straight to greet traditional rulers, but as soon as he tried to greet the Oba of Lagos, he dismissed him with a wave of the hand. Oba Adeyeye however quietly returned to his seat.
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The Head of Palace Directorate of Tourism, Awoyemi Tunde in Ife has however reacted to the issue. According to him, “It is not a slap on the Ooni of Ife but rather a slap on the Oba of Lagos,” he said. “The stool of Oba of Lagos was founded by Olofin Ogunfunminire and the Ooni of Ife is the Oba of Yoruba land.
He expressed his views while speaking with Premium Times on the development.
“The Oba of Lagos has to come to terms with the fact that Ooni is the royal father of Yoruba land, it is necessary that all persons come together to unite Yoruba land but really the issue at the event is very condemnable”. He said.
Mr. Tunde also said that the Oba of Lagos risked the wrath of the ‘Alale'(Ancestors), as a result of his disrespect for the superior monarch. Premium Times reports.
“God gave Ooni of Ife Oba Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, the mandate to unite the Yoruba land and nothing will stop him from doing that,” he added.
According to Mr. Tunde, reactions from different Yoruba communities would continue to pour in to denounce the action of the Lagos monarch. “If we don’t receive an apology especially with the image of Ile-Ife, we will call on the ancestors on the issue,” he said.
The incident didn’t go down well with Nigerians on social media as many also condemned the actions of the Oba of Lagos.
That was mad disrespectful from the Ọba of Lagos. Mad mad disrespectful. Even if you’re older, can’t you respect his title? Smh
— Olu’ | (@gboukzi) April 25, 2017
If Oba of Lagos thinks he can disrespect the Ooni because of Age or for whatever reason , he has no idea what he’s toying with
— The Pe@cock (@WoleOdeleye) April 25, 2017
How is Oba of Lagos even a first class king? I blame the prominence of Lagos for that. Baale lasan lasan.
— .- WIN IPHONE 7 PLUS (@giveawayflavato) April 25, 2017
Somebody better call Oba of Lagos to order before what happened to Bode Thomas In Nov 23 1953, Happened to him..😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/woKnOPISf3
— Moe Trendz (@MoeTrendz) April 25, 2017
Oba of Lagos only became prominent in modern times. He’s by far low in the hierarchy of Yoruba kings
Even the Timi of Ede is not his mate
— #FreeAustinOkai (@timiakegbejo) April 25, 2017
Oba of Lagos is just a political king… I will still pick king kong ahead of him for disrespecting ooni of ife,king of kings in Yorubaland
— Edo-Wizard (@davidoghe) April 25, 2017
Well we hope the two kings settle their differences and uphold the culture of Yoruba land.