Traditional rulers under the aegis of the Yoruba Obas Forum have condemned former President Olusegun Obasanjo for humiliating some traditional rulers at a public function in Iseyin town.
The forum comprises traditional rulers in Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Ondo, Ekiti, Kwara, and Kogi States, made the condemnation in a statement jointly signed and made available to newsmen on Tuesday on behalf of the Yoruba Obas Forum by the President and Molokun of Atijere in Ondo State, Oba Samuel O. Adeoye and the General-Secretary who is also the Olukotun of Ikotun-Ile in Kwara State, Oba. Dr. Abdulrasaq Adebayo Abioye.
They called on former president Olusegun Obasanjo to apologize to traditional rulers in the zone without further delay, noting that the outburst was unwarranted and not expected from a Yoruba elder and traditional chieftaincy holder.
According to the Obas, the show by the former general is highly condemnable, and the Yoruba Obas Forum demands an apology for the open desecration to molest and bring down the institution.
On behalf of the entire Yoruba Obas, we are using this medium to call upon the former President of Nigeria to immediately apologize to monarchs from the Oke-Ogun zone for his undeserved remarks over his claim that they failed to stand up when the governor and himself climbed the podium at the commissioning of the LAUTECH’s College of Agricultural Science and Renewable Natural Resources, Iseyin” the Forum said.
The Yoruba Obas Forum, who explained that Obasanjo can never do that to the traditional rulers in other parts of the country, said he needs to prove himself as a core Yoruba man with an unreserved apology as traditional rulers are not toddlers, “we are fathers to all and community leaders.
“The Forum also noted that even if the Obas at the occasion acted in breach of The Act of Precedence of 1999, Obasanjo should have noted it in his speech rather than scolding them like pupils or military recruits.”
The Forum maintained that the outburst by the former President was an affront, an intentional desecration, and a sacrilege against the revered stools of Yorubaland.
“We think respect should be earned, not demanded. An injury to one is an injury to all. Yoruba traditional institutions are not uniform men anyone can command at will as we are condemning this dastardly act from Obasanjo in all totality, and so, we call for his public apology to all the disgraced Obas and the entire Yoruba people by extension, without further delay.”
The Forum argued that what Obasanjo did caused global disrepute to the images of the monarchs and affected their collective psyche.
Recall that Obasanjo was allegedly rude to the monarchs at the commissioning of the Iseyin campus of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, LAUTECH, last week Friday