On Tuesday, Yoruba leaders requested a public apology from the former president Olusegun Obasanjo for disrespecting Yoruba monarchs during an event in Oyo state. They did so under the auspices of the concerned Omo Yoruba Worldwide Association.
The incident was termed as unfortunate and disheartening in a statement made available to Akure by the association’s leader, Akogun Tunde Omololu, and secretary, Dr. David O.M. Bakin.
According to the group, Obasanjo’s acts “were gravely in breach of our revered conventions and deeply beneath the dignity of our rich Yoruba culture and history.
It was a shocking act of arrogance and disrespect for Yorubaland’s venerated obas.
While condemning Obasanjo’s haughtiness, we also want to voice our disgust with the Obas who attended the ceremony and followed his orders despite the fact that he was seen as their junior.
As the “Igbakeji Orisa” (next in line to the deities), our obas occupy a position of tremendous significance.
Therefore, it is a source of great humiliation and an insult to Yoruba culture and tradition to see such disrespect for our obas, especially coming from a person of Obasanjo’s status whose Yoruba heritage is in question.
“We vehemently condemn Obasanjo’s despicable behaviour and demand that he publicly apologise to all the offended Obas and, consequently, the whole Yoruba community.
“The Concerned Omo Yoruba remains unwavering in its dedication to preserving the honour, tradition, and dignity of the Yoruba race in every way.