“When we saw this video, it initially occurred to us as a fictional movie. But when it dawned on us that it was a reality, lo and behold, it was a scene that could burst one’s lachrymal gland into rupture. For one thing, what Obasanjo did was infra dignitatem to our Yoruba culture and tradition. It was a taboo. It was arrant display of megalomania and utter rudeness to our crowns in Yorubaland.
“The position of our Obas could be discerned from their appellation as the Igbakeji Orisa (second-in-command to the deity). That the desecration of our Obas has come from a person in the status of Obasanjo is a great shame and denigration of the Yoruba culture and tradition. We, therefore, condemn this dastardly act from Obasanjo in all totality and we call for his public apology to all the disgraced Obas and the entire Yoruba people by extension.”
Yoruba elders, under the aegis of Council of Yoruba Elders, have asked former President, Olusegun Obasanjo to apologise publicly for asking traditional rulers in Oyo State to stand and greet Governor Seyi Makinde at a recent event.
Reacting to Obasanjo’s remark in a statement signed by the Secretary-General, Dr Victor Taiwo, and Publicity Secretary, Lanre Ogundipe, the elders lampooned the former president for disrespecting the Yoruba monarchs.
The elders described the act as defamatory and shameful, adding that Obasanjo’s behaviour demeaned the Yoruba culture and tradition.
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