OBA OF LAGOS DENIES SNUBBING OONI OF IFE
74-year old Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, who has been accused of snubbing 42-year old Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Onuwusi during an event in Lagos on Tuesday, April 25 day has denied snubbing the Ooni of Ife.
The Oba of Lagos claims that his gesture, which the public had mistaken for a snub, was actually the right way monarchs are to be greeted, according to Lagos tradition.
Speaking on behalf of the Oba of Lagos, one of the Oba’s white cap chiefs, the Opeluwa Onido of Lagos, Lateef Aderibigbe Ajose, said “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.”
The video of Oba of Lagos seemingly snubbing Ooni of Ife’s greetings had gone viral while social media users accused Oba of Lagos of being rude to the superior Ooni of Ife.
Rumour has been going round that the Oba of Lagos snubbed the Ooni of Ife following a recent misunderstanding between the two of them when the Ooni of Ife was invited to the Commonwealth Day Ceremony in the UK while the Oba of Lagos was not invited.
Word has been going round that according to a close source of the Oba of Lagos, the Oba of Lagos had asked the Ooni of Ife to boycott the event but the Ooni of Ife went ahead to attended the event.
The representative of Oba of Lagos, Lateef Deribigbe Ajose, has it that there is no bad blood between the two Obas.
He says, “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 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.”
Adeyeye Onuwusi who was crowned as the new Ooni of Ife in December 2015 at the age of 40 is considered one of the most powerful monarchs in Nigeria and the most powerful in the Yoruba land.