In a surprising and shocking incident that happened yesterday 26/04/2017, Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Aremu Akiolu has left many people fuming on social media after he embarrassed the Ooni of Ife
Many people have been left in shock after the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Aremu Akiolu, recently, humiliated the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi at a public function.
A clip of the video which has gone viral, shows the Ooni of Ife arriving the venue of the event which had the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu II, sitting beside an unidentified oba.
The Ooni walked over to greet the obas, but as soon as he offered the Oba of Lagos his hands, Oba Akiolu looked away and dismissed him with a wave of the hand. The embarrassed monarch quietly returned to his seat.
The sad incident has left many people fuming on social media describing the action of Oba Akiolu as childish.
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A Twitter user wrote: “What I’ve learnt from d Ooni of Ife & Oba of Lagos incident is that not every1 deserves ur humility. Sometimes do gra gra & carry shoulders.”
Someone else added: “Oba of Lagos is like Espanyol while Ooni of ife is like Barca. The both of them are miles apart in terms of recognition and hierarchy.”
“What do you expect from an ex Bribe taking Police officer? Oba of Lagos can’t stop being Jealous. He is on his own. Iranu ati abasha. Ooni 1” someone else added.
“Ooni is the spiritual head of the Yorubas, While Alaafin is the political head. Idk where the Oba of Lagos falls in,” another user tweeted.
A Facebook user, Kenny Statesman said, ”No No No!!! This is not worthy of Oba of Lagos, seriously I’m extremely disappointed.”
In another post, Deji Afolayan wrote, “… I see no reason why Oba Akiolu should act like that, I really like the Oba of Lagos but his action here is uncalled for.”
One Kayode Henry wrote, ” This attitude is unbecoming of a king in Yoruba land. The Ooni of Ife no matter his age is a superior Oba to all other obas…
“If it were to be in the days where culture and tradition still takes its rightful place, all the obas no matter your age should be on their feet whenever the Obaluaye of Ife ( Ooni) comes in . But the respectful king did not even think about that but came to embrace the Oba of Lagos on his seat, but all he could do is this show of shame.”
Abiodun Olojede said, ”What an act of arrogance. It is very unfortunate that the Oba of Lagos disgraced himself, not the highly respected Ooni of Ife.
The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has said he will not stop being respectful to the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, regardless of what may have happened at a social function they both attended recently. According to him, he wasn’t bothered by Oba Akiolu’s action or inaction and still holds him in high esteem.
Adding that he is committed to ensuring unity among traditional rulers in the land. Oba Ogunwusi made this known through the Director of Media and Public Affairs, Ooni’s Palace on Wednesday. Oba Ogunwusi said:
“Nobody should castigate anybody” for doing what he did because of the position he holds and because of his age… Ooni would not stop to accord his colleagues and every category of people the respect they deserve.
The Ooni of Ife is not ready to make any official statement over what happened between him and the Oba of Lagos. He still holds Oba Akiolu in high esteem and what happened yesterday will not stop the Ooni from holding him in high esteem”