The Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu has set the record straight on the video that went viral on social media.
The video which had the Oba of Lagos snubbing the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi at a public function in Lagos was greeted with different reactions from Nigerians on social media as many condemned the actions of the Oba of Lagos.
One of the white cap chiefs, Lateef Aderibigbe Ajose, Opeluwa Onido of Lagos has however cleared the air stating that the Lagos Monarch did not ignore Ooni of Ife at the public function as being misconceived by people.
According to a news report by Vanguard, Chief Ajose said that Oba Akiolu’s response to Ooni is the culturally acclaimed way of greeting by a monarch in Lagos. He added that the Lagos King is basically trying to revive the culture and tradition of ancient Lagos which is peculiar to the State. Other tribes also have their peculiar ways of greeting. “The sign by Oba Akiolu signifies, ‘inu mi, inu e’, the culture of greeting in Lagos. If Oba Akiolu wanted to ignore, he would have turned his face away from Ooni”, he said.
He further added that “there is no misunderstanding between both highly revered Monarchs in Yoruba Land”. According to him, the relationship between both Yoruba kings is peaceful and mutual. “Oba Akiolu was well represented at the coronation of Ooni of Ife, which attested to the fact that he does not disregard the office of Ooni Adeyeye.”
He also revealed that Oba Akiolu had waited till this time to react to the issue because he had to meet with other chiefs in the palace and meet minds before addressing the public on the matter. Vanguard reports.
“There is no sentiment in the culture of Lagos. As we met it that is the way we are doing it. Kabiesi Oba Akiolu is trying to bring back the old pattern, the old culture we have left behind
“What happened that day was wrongly speculated by the social media to disrupt peace and order and misinterpret Oba Akiolu’s action
“We just want to appeal to the social media to stop spreading wrong information. They should try and understand the reason behind every action carried out most especially by traditional rulers
“Yoruba has a very rich culture. There is no quarrel between the Oba of Lagos and Ooni of Ife” Chief Ajose stated.
Recall we reported yesterday that the Palace of the Ooni of Ife reacted to the issue (Read here) stating:
“If we don’t receive an apology especially with the image of Ile-Ife, we will call on the ancestors on the issue.”
So if there is no quarrel between the Oba of Lagos and the Ooni of Ife as claimed by Chief Lateef Aderibigbe Ajose why did the Palace of the Ooni of Ife demand an apology from the Oba of Lagos?
Or is the claim that Oba Akiolu was just “trying to bring back the old pattern, the old culture” of Lagos by greeting Ooni of Ife with the wave of the hand which according to Chief Ajose “…signifies, ‘inu mi, inu e’, the culture of greeting in Lagos” a PR strategy by the Oba of Lagos to savage the whole situation?