The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has said he still holds Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, in high esteem despite what happened yesterday.
The Ooni was reacting to media reports that he was snubbed by Oba Akiolu on Tuesday, April 25
Oba Ogunwusi said that he was not perturbed by Akiolu’s action but committed to ensuring unity among traditional rulers in the land
He said he was committed to ensuring unity among traditional rulers in the land.
Ogunwusi made the explanation through his Director of Media and Public Affairs of Ooni.
“Nobody should castigate anybody” for doing what he did because of the position he holds and because of his age… Ooni would not stop to accord his colleagues and every category of people the respect they deserve.”
“He still holds Oba Akiolu in high esteem and what happened yesterday will not stop the Ooni from holding him in high esteem.”
A video which captures Oba Akiolu, snubbing Oba Ogunwusi at a public function has gone viral.
The video which lasted for 27 seconds, shows the Ooni of Ife arriving the venue of an event, where he exchanged pleasantries with the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Achebe.
The Ooni’s attempt to greet Oba Akiolu who was seated next to the Obi of Onitsha was rebuffed by the Lagos monarch who simply waved his hand and ignored the Ooni.