Nigerians have taken to social media, to criticize the Oba of Lagos, HRH Rilwan Akiolu, for ignoring the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, at a public gathering.
There was an immediate buzz as the Ooni walked into the venue, with one of his aides rushing to wipe his chair clean, but the Oba of Lagos sat uninterested and looked away.
The Ooni shook hands with another monarch and he made to exchange pleasantries with the Oba Akiolu, who only raised his hand indifferently.
The clip has gone viral, with Nigerians not happy with the Lagos monarch’s reaction, with some describing it as “a public disgrace” and “pure disrespect”.
Some of their views are below:
Dalighieri @bunmola2010: When an Oba of Lagos ordinary vassal king to Benin kingdom publicly disrespects an Ooni,just shows how Politics has intruded on tradition.
Olufemi Olanipekun @FMOlanipekun: 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
Wale AdetonaVerified account @iSlimfit: We have thrown our traditions away. Everyone in that room, including the Oba of Lagos ought to rise immediately the Ooni of Ife entered.
Vlad @AbiodunOmonijo: Ooni is the Emperor of Yoruba land. Everybody in that hall, including the Oba of Lagos and all, were supposed to stand as he walked in.
Edo-Wizard @davidoghe: Oba of Lagos is just a political king… I will still pick king kong ahead of him for disrespecting ooni of ife,king of kings in Yorubaland
Ayobami @dondekojo: This is really interesting! Even if there’s serious beef between them, the Oba of Lagos was overly disrespectful to the Ooni here.
Ahmed ibn Mustapha @MrAfobaje: While I completely disagree with the Oba of Lagos on his condescending demeanor towards the Ooni, it would be wrong to blame the Ooni 4 this
Remi Savage @Remmysav: Irrespective of the age of the present Ooni of Ife, in ranking he surpasses the Oba of Lagos. What Oba Akiolu did, is pure disrespect.