By Adeola Ogunrinde in Lagos
The Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, has finally spoken out on the video making the rounds in the social media that has being interpreted as a snubbing of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, at a public function in Lagos.
It all happened at an event by the International Chartered Accountant of Nigeria on Tuesday in Lagos where Ooni came late and kept everybody waiting.
The lateness of the Ooni to the event alone is enough to rankle Oba Akiolu but his lateness was made worse by the noise and commotion caused by his ’emewa’ when he eventually arrived.
But Oba Akiolu said his gesture to the Ooni was the culturally-acclaimed way of greeting a monarch in Lagos.
The position of Oba Akiolu was stated by one of the white cap chiefs of Lagos, Lateef Aderibigbe Ajose, who is the Opeluwa-Onido of Lagos.
Ajose said the Lagos monarch did not ignore Ooni of Ife at the public function as being misconceived by people.
He said Oba Akiolu’s response to Oba Ogunwusi was the culturally-acclaimed way of greeting by a monarch in Lagos.
He added that the Lagos King is basically trying to revive the culture and tradition of ancient Lagos, which is peculiar to the state. Other tribes also have their peculiar ways of greeting, he said.
Ajose stated: “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 Yorubaland.”
According to Ajose, the relationship between both Yoruba kings is peaceful and mutual.
He said: “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.”
Chief Ajose said Oba Akiolu had waited till this time to react to the issue because he had to meet with other chiefs in the palace to rub minds before addressing the public on the matter. He said: “There is no sentiment in the culture of Lagos.
“As we met it, that is the way we are doing it.
“Kabiyesi 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.”