Video: Outrage as Oba of Lagos Shuns Ooni of Ife

The Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Aremu Akiolu, recently, shunned the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, at a public function, signalling the height of the disdain Oba Akiolu has for the Ooni who is widely seen as the foremost traditional ruler in Yorubaland.

In the 25 seconds video, which has gone viral, the Ooni of Ife is seen arriving the venue of the event, which already had the Oba of Lagos sitting beside an unidentified oba.

After greeting the first royal father, the Ooni walked over to greet Oba Akiolu. But as soon as he offered his hand to the Oba of Lagos, Oba Akiolu looked away and dismissed him with a wave of the hand.

The embarrassed monarch quietly returned to his seat.

The incident, however, sparked outrage on the social media as many commentators condemned Oba Akiolu, describing his action as unbecoming of a Yoruba monarch.

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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 Yorubaland. 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…”

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