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Should Oba Rilwan Akiolu Apologise to Ooni Of Ife? Checkout What Yoruba Elders Have to Say About It

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asked Apr 29, 2017 in General by admin Moderator (450 points)

The dust raised by the way the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, snubbed the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, at a public event recently has yet to settle, as more persons have continued to react to the incident. In the 25 seconds video, which revealed what transpired between them, the Ooni of Ife arrived at the venue of the event where Oba Akiolu sat beside the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Achebe. The Ooni walked over to greet the monarchs, but as soon as he offered the Oba of Lagos a handshake, Oba Akiolu looked away and dismissed him with a wave of the hand. Given the outrage that had greeted the incident, with many castigating the Oba of Lagos for such disposition towards the Ooni,

It’ll be good if Oba Akiolu can apologise – Chief Ayo Adebanjo

The action of the Oba of Lagos is condemnable; it is not done in Yorubaland. It does not depict the office of a monarch. Going by the outrage that his action has generated, it will be a step in the right direction if he could apologise to the Ooni. I think he should do it, but I doubt if he will, knowing the type of person that Oba Akiolu is.

I’m sure Akiolu wouldn’t intend to insult Ooni – Senator Anthony Adefuye, Secretary, Yoruba Unity Forum

I don’t think I should make a comment now, but I feel we are just trying to make a mountain out of a molehill. That is Oba of Lagos’ usual way of greeting people. It may not be good, but that is his usual way of greeting people. Sometimes, when you are greeting him, you would only hear his voice. But I’m sure he wouldn’t have intended to insult the Ooni at all. We will look into it and make sure the whole thing is resolved. Of course every Yoruba man would be worried with what happened, but we should try not to exaggerate what has happened. The Ooni, who is supposed to be the number one traditional ruler in Yorubaland must be respected. We must all give him the respect. Even if I go to the Ooni, I roll on the ground, regardless of his age. We are doing it for the crown and the kingdom, more so that the person on that throne has been very good. He’s a man of peace and since he got there, he has always looked for ways to unite the Yoruba kingdom .................................................

It was an unfortunate incident – Former Minister of Education, Prof. Tunde Adeniran

It was a most unfortunate incident which I believe should be avoided in future. It was surprising and really embarrassing and no matter what may be personal between them, they are our royal fathers. They should lay good examples for others to follow by being friendly as brothers. Their appearances, utterances and behaviours should send good signals to the generality of the people. And we would prefer a situation where they convey to the outside world that we Yoruba people love one another and are our brothers’ keepers and that we are descendants from the same origin. And what is more important is that because we know the value of friendship, peaceful coexistence and so on, we also show it in our personal interactions and .................................................................................................................................................................................................................

Ooni doesn’t need Oba Akiolu’s apology – Dr. Olu Agunloye

I have seen too many abuses from the Oba of Lagos and so when I heard of the video which went viral of him snubbing the Ooni, I didn’t bother to watch it. Going by his latest action, I think the end has come. His action was not good. It’s shameful, an oba doesn’t behave that way. Even the Ooni, who is younger, has shown better dignity. I’m just unhappy that Oba Akiolu’s action has attracted many insults to himself, ..............................................................................................................................................................................................................

Obas should serve as role models – Dr. Kunle Olajide, former Secretary General, Yoruba Council of Elders

I was not particularly happy about the event. I believe that our traditional rulers, apart from being the custodians of our culture and having the responsibility to protect and advance our culture, are supposed to act as role models for all Yoruba. We should fashion our lives after the way they live theirs. They are supposed to serve as good examples in terms of morals and conduct. That was why I was not quite happy at .................................................................................................................

We don’t expect such from any Yoruba Oba – Yinka Odumakin, National Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, a pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group

For us in Afenifere, we want to assume that Oba Rilwan Akiolu did not know that it was the Ooni of Ife that was greeting him when he waved his hand. This is because we do not expect any Oba in Yorubaland to deliberately display such conduct in public as the stool is beyond the person occupying the position. If Oba Otudeko and Chief Mike Adenuga snub each other in the open, it is different. But with those who sit on paramount stools in Yorubaland, we expect some level of comportment, which we do not want to think that any first class Oba will throw away deliberately except if it was inadvertent and he (Akiolu) did not know who was greeting him. That is the only excuse that will allow a conduct that is below the level of our civilisation in Yorubaland. But I don’t think that we should drag the issue to the point of asking the Oba of Lagos to apologise to the Ooni of Ife. Yoruba .............................................................................................................................................................................................

All Yoruba Obas are bound to respect Ooni – Peter Fatomilola, Veteran actor and cultural leader

I would say any Oba in Yorubaland is bound to respect the seat of the Ooni, not considering the age of who occupies the seat. The position of Ooni is one to be respected and revered by all. Anybody who is the Ooni is holding the position of Oduduwa and I don’t know why the Oba of Lagos would not ......................................................................................................................................................................................

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Compiled by: Gbenro Adeoye, Kunle Falayi, Tunde Ajaja and Jesusegun Alagbe for Saturday Punch

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answered May 3, 2017 by MrBee Moderator (380 points)
I support those that said he should apologize.   Hmmm.  Fire fire.  Where from.

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