Rilwan Akiolu, the Oba of Lagos, is under intense criticism from Yorubas for publicly embarrassing Adeyeye Ogunwusi Ojaja II, the Ooni of Ife, at the World Conference of Banking Institutes hosted by the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) recently.
The video of the incident has gone viral. It shows the Oba of Lagos waving off the Ooni of Ife as the later made an attempt to greet the former.
According to the hierarchy of traditional rulers in Yoruba land, the Ooni of Ife is a first class monarch while the Oba of Lagos is a 2nd class monarch.
You may watch the video below:
A number of Yorubas and other Nigerians have taken to social media to express outrage over this gesture by the monarch from Lagos.
So Oba of Lagos shunned Ooni of Ife at a public event. Tomorrow elders will say the young ones don't have respect. Respect begets respect
— Babasola Kuti (@SKSolaKuti) April 26, 2017
The wisdom and maturity displayed by the Ooni of Ife was second to none, without altering any word, Oba of Lagos looked stupid already. ??
— DocTor YazzY™ (@Dr_Yazzy) April 26, 2017
Amusing that people don't know history, throne of Oba of Lagos is NOT and has NEVER been under the Ooni of Ife or ANY other throne in d SW.
— Mr. Aye Dee (@MrAyeDee) April 25, 2017
That video of Oba of Lagos being rude to the Ooni explains a lot. I'd always wondered why some Nigerians tend to be aloof/cold in public….
— Gege (@nigeriasbest) April 26, 2017
We have thrown our traditions away. Everyone in that room, including the Oba of Lagos ought to rise immediately the Ooni of Ife entered.
— Wale Adetona (@iSlimfit) April 25, 2017
When an Oba of Lagos ordinary vassal king to Benin kingdom publicly disrespects an Ooni,just shows how Politics has intruded on tradition.
— Dalighieri (@bunmola2010) April 25, 2017
Check the list here and tell me where Oba of Lagos ranks. Ooni of Ife gan self pic.twitter.com/k31m7m07Z8
— WiseBABA (@solomonkdwise) April 25, 2017
Not just a fan of the Oba of Lagos. See what he did to the Ooni of Ife in this video. Its akin to a public disgrace https://t.co/a59GETHM4i
— Olufemi Olanipekun (@FMOlanipekun) April 25, 2017
Critical examination of the video shows Ooni despite being ignored by Oba of Lagos was still the happy person, Oba of Lagos secluded and sad
— Mr. Jack Robinson (@jackdre02) April 26, 2017
Sometimes extreme kindness and humility could be perceived as weakness, Ooni of Ife can do better, Oba of Lagos should be tamed.
— chi's (@bibizidy) April 25, 2017
— #GODBlessNigeria (@AriyoAristotle) April 26, 2017
When an Igbo man like me want to put mouth in Oba of Lagos vs Ooni of Ife matter but remembers i live in Lagos and Lagoon still dey pic.twitter.com/pUnuhdVpZJ
— Emmanuel (@emma_dele) April 25, 2017
Both the Oba of Lagos & Ooni of Ife go dey alright. My problem right now is how to Iron my Shirt especially as light no dey
— FAVOUR ONYEOZIRI (@Rouvafe) April 26, 2017