His Royal Majesty Oba Rilwan Akiolu, the Oba of Lagos says he did not in any way snubbed the Ooni of Ife, His Royal Majesty, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi at a public function in Lagos as being painted in the media. sos9ja learnt that this was according to Chief Lateef Aderibigbe Ajose, Opeluwa Onido of Lagos, one of the white cap chiefs.He said each tribe has their own peculiar way of greetings and that the Oba of Lagos was basically trying to revive the culture and tradition of ancient Lagos with his greetings
He argued that Oba Akiolu did not ignore Ooni of Ife.
According to him, the response of Akiolu to Ooni’s greetings was the standard response and the culturally acclaimed way of greeting by a Lagos monarch, Nigerian Tribune reports.
He said each tribe has their own peculiar way of greetings and that the Oba of Lagos was basically trying to revive the culture and tradition of ancient Lagos with his greetings.
“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,” he said.
“There is no misunderstanding between both highly revered Monarchs in Yoruba Land”. According to him, the relationship between both Yoruba kings is peaceful and mutual. “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.
He said Yoruba has a very rich culture. There is no quarrel between the Oba of Lagos and Ooni of Ife
Going further, Chief Ajose said Oba Akiolu waited till this time to react after meeting with other chiefs.
“There is no sentiment in the culture of Lagos. As we met it that is the way we are doing it. Kabiesi Oba Akiolu is trying to bring back the old pattern, the old culture we have left behind.”
I did not snub Ooni of Ife
“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”