“Call Olugbo to order,” Adams urges South West governors.
Aare Ona kakanfo of Yorubaland, Aare Gani Adams, has expressed his displeasure at the recent crowning of some Yoruba obas in diaspora by the Olugbo of Ugbo Kingdom, Oba Fredrick Obateru Akinruntan, in his palace.
Aare described the act as a complete desecration of Yoruba culture, tradition and value.
The Aare, in his statement made available to the media, urged the South West governors, especially the Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, as a matter of urgency to call the Oba to order.
“What Olugbo did, he did it single-handedly, against the wishes of all the Yoruba Obas in Nigeria as a whole,” he affirmed.
“A good example of this historical hiatus happened not long ago, when some surrogates came from France, asking the Oluwo of Iwo land, Oba Abdul Rasheed Akanbi, to install them as a Yoruba Oba in France.
“But rather than toeing the path to perdition as Olugbo just did, the Iwo monarch resisted, saying he will never go against the wishes of the Yoruba Obas. Oba AbdulRasheed Akanbi knew what was right from what was wrong. As a royal father, he does not want to go to Golgotha.
“I am delighted to say it anywhere that Yoruba history is rich in all ramifications. Nobody has the audacity to distort our history.
“For instance, one can only become an Oba either by hereditary or by conquering territories. None of the newly installed Obas in Olugbo’s Palace has a history of being related to royalty, either by blood (hereditary) or by conquering a territory,” Iba Adams contended.
Meanwhile, Obateru who is yet to react to Aare Gani Adams’s statement was accused to have wrongly installed three people living in diaspora as Yoruba monarchs in Georgia, Liberia and Ireland.
Among them are Oba Bernard Shola Akinrimisi, the Oriade of Georgia; Oba Omobolaji Ogunkoya, the traditional ruler of Yorubaland in Liberia, who is the Oodua Gbadewolu I; and Oba Saheed Ibrahim Adufe, the traditional ruler of Yorubaland in the Republic of Ireland.