Following the backlash the Oba of Lagos – HRM Oba Rilwan Akiolu received for publicly snubbing Ooni of Ife – HRM Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi at an event a couple of days ago. He has now felt the need to explain why he did what he did.
Oba Akiolu’s explanation is that he was not rebuffing the younger Ooni of Ife, but rather greeting the Ooni.
Yep that’s a greeting.
One of the Lagos white cap chiefs, Lateef Aderibigbe Ajose, Opeluwa Onido of Lagos, has said the Lagos royal father did not ignore Ooni of Ife at the public function and people are misconstruing the Oba’s actions.
Instead he said, 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. .
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. There is no misunderstanding between both highly revered Monarchs in Yoruba Land. 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. Chief Ajose said 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. There is no sentiment in the culture of Lagos. As we met it that is the way we are doing it. Kabiyesi Oba Akiolu is trying to bring back the old pattern, the old culture we have left behind.
He then blamed social media for trying disrupt peace and order,
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.