OPINION: TINUBU FAILS TO PROSTRATE TO OONI OF IFE

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By Muyiwa Adekojede

Asiwaju Bola Tinubu joyfully sat exchanging his greetings to the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi (Ojaja II) at the coronation ceremony of Oba Oniru, Oba Abdul-Wasiu Omogbolahan Lawal (Abisogun II).

It stands against everything I believe dearly as a Yoruba. I don’t know about you. Forget that Tinubu is a popular factor in Nigerian politics. It doesn’t dispute the fact that he’s a man, — ‘a Yoruba’. There is genuinely no excuse not to prostrate to the kings of Yorubaland.

According to the rule of the Yorubaland…

“Before the King, men must prostrate; while the women kneel down while chanting ‘Kabiyesi’.” — its more than a law!

Even the former President of this federation, Olusegun Obasanjo prostrated before the Ooni. All high-ranking kings in Nigeria give the necessary traditional respect to Ooni. What excludes a former governor? Is it age? Or wealth? Or ego? This is blasphemy.

It is so annoying that this happened right in front of some Yoruba elites. They literally stealth their sword. And I’m maniacallybewildered that this flashpoint is of no reason of concern to other great elite of Yoruba land. I don’t know if to call it fear or any other name.

These are scenes that should ignite us. It a crying shame to the Yoruba tradition. It a dent on our ethics and tradition.

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