Thursday, April 27, 2017

The Palace Of Ooni Reacts To Snub By Oba Of Lagos.

There has been mild to serious reactions following the snubbish treatment meted out on the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi by the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, at an event in Lagos on Tuesday.

A video of the incident on social media captured the Lagos monarch waving away a hand shake with the Ooni as he took turn to greet royal fathers.
The revered Ooni took it calmly and headed straight to his seat.

In a statement following the incident, the Head of Palace Directorate of Tourism, Awoyemi Tunde, said the Ooni of Ife was not losing sleep over the issue.

He said “It is not a slap on the Ooni of Ife but rather a slap on the Oba of Lagos.”
Going into history, he noted that “The stool of Oba of Lagos was founded by Olofin Ogunfunminire and the Ooni of Ife is the Oba of Yoruba land.

“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 is quoted as saying that the Oba of Lagos risked the wrath of the ‘Alale' (Ancestors), as a result of his disrespect for the superior monarch.

He pointed out that “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.”

Speaking further, Mr. Tunde said, 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.

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