- The Oluwo of Iwo described the action of ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo against traditional rulers in Oyo state, as a desecration of Yoruba traditional institution
- Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, Telu I, in a statement issued on Saturday, disclosed that Obasanjo cannot try such with emirs
- The monarch said Obasanjo ought to have shown some respect in dealing with traditional rulers, adding that respect should be earned not demanded
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On Saturday, September 16, the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, condemned the action of former President Olusegun Obasanjo against some traditional rulers in Oyo state, Ibadan.
The monarch frowned at Obasanjo ordering traditional rulers in Oyo State to stand and greet Governor Seyi Makinde, at a project inauguration in Iseyin, Oyo State, noting it was tantamount to desecration of Yoruba traditional stools.
Insisting that Yoruba monarchs could not be treated as uniform men who would be ordered around, the Oluwo blamed the royal fathers who responded to Obasanjo’s order.
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The monarch said:
“The show by the former general is condemnable. He needs to prove himself as a core Yoruba man with an apology letter. Kings are not toddlers. We are fathers. He will never dare that against the Northern Emirs.”
"No Oba in Yorubaland will say Ifa picked him": Oluwo of Iwo says
Contrary to the traditional belief that Ifa picks the Obas in Yorubaland, the Oluwo of Iwo land, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, has said it is state governors who select kings.
The outspoken monarch said this in an interview he granted Nigerian Tribune ahead of his eighth coronation anniversary.
“I wonder how the Whites were able to convince Africans that polygamy is a sin”: Oluwo of Iwo
In another report, the Oluwo of Iwo recently sparked emotions online with a post he shared about polygamy and homosexuality.
The monarch, in his viral post, slammed the idea that polygamy is seen as a crime while homosexuality is regarded as a human right.
He further noted that he still finds it baffling how the Western world has been able to successfully sell the idea that polygamy is a crime to Africans.