“There Is No Quarrel Between Us” – Oba Of Lagos Denies Snubbing Ooni Of Ife


“There Is No Quarrel Between Us” – Oba Of Lagos Denies Snubbing Ooni Of Ife

Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, has denied snubbing the Ooni of Ife, Oba
Adeyeye Ogunwusi at a public function some days ago. A video made rounds
on social media showing the Oba of Lagos acknowledging the greeting of
the Ooni of Ife in an unfriendly manner

Many Nigerians reacted to the video, calling out the Oba for being
“rude” to the Ooni who is believed to be the most superior monarch in
Yoruba land.

Speaking through one of his white cap chiefs, Lateef Aderibigbe Ajose,
the Lagos Monarch said he did not ignore the Ooni of Ife at the public
function as being interpreted by many Nigerians. Lateef who spoke to
newsmen at the palace of the Oba in Lagos, said the manner in which the
Oba greeted the Ooni is the culturally acclaimed way of greeting by a
monarch in Lagos and that the Oba of Lagos was only trying to revive
that culture which according to him is going extinct.

“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. 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. 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” he said