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Yoruba Obas Forum Insists On Olusegun Obasanjo’s Public Apology

A group of royal fathers from the states of Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Ondo, Ekiti, Kwara, and Kogi have complained that Olusegun Obasanjo’s order for monarchs to attend a project launch last Friday in Iseyin, Oyo State, was improper.

Yoruba Obas Forum, a collection of royal fathers, later urged that the former President provide a formal apology.

At the ceremony, Obasanjo chastised the kings for declining to stand to welcome Mr. Seyi Makinde, the governor of Oyo State, saying that their behaviour amounted to disrespect for the governor’s office.

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Obasanjo had commanded them to rise from their seats in response to his displeasure with way the monarchs had handled Makinde.


The former president’s actions, however, drew harsh condemnation. However, in a statement clarifying his reasoning for ordering the monarchs to rise, Obasanjo noted that the governor, who is the official with the highest rank at the state level according to the constitution, deserves respect from the monarchs.

But the Yoruba Obas Forum, in a statement signed by its President, the Molokun of Atijere in Ondo State, Oba Samuel Adeoye, and the General Secretary, who is also the Olukotun of Ikotun-Ile in Kwara State, Oba. Abdulrasaq Abioye, obtained in Osogbo on Tuesday, said Obasanjo’s outburst was an affront and an intentional desecration of revered traditional stools in Yorubaland.

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The statement further read in part, “On behalf of the entire Yoruba Obas, we are using this medium to call upon the former President of Nigeria (Obasanjo) to immediately apologise to monarchs from Oke-Ogun zone for his undeserved remarks over his claim that they failed to stand up when the governor (Makinde) and himself climbed the podium at the inauguration of LAUTECH’s College of Agricultural Science and Renewable Natural Resources, Iseyin.


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