The Oba of Lagos, His Royal Majesty Oba Rilwan Akiolu has cleared the air on the video which went viral on social media in which he seemed to have snubbed the Ooni of Ife, His Royal Majesty, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi.
Lateef Aderibigbe Ajose, the Opeluwa Onido of Lagos, said the Oba of Lagos did not ignore Ooni of Ife at the public function.
He said Oba Akiolu’s response to Ooni is the culturally acclaimed way of greeting by a monarch in Lagos.
“The sign by Oba Akiolu signifies, ‘inu mi, inu e’, the culture of greeting in Lagos. If Oba Akiolu wanted to ignore the Ooni, he would have turned his face away from him”, Ajose said.
Ajose added that both Obas have a peaceful relationship.
“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,” he said
“There is no sentiment in the culture of Lagos. As we met it that is the way we are doing it. Kabiesi 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,” Ajose said.