The Oba of Lagos Rilwan Akiolu has cleared the air on the video trending on social media where he allegedly snubbed the Ooni of Ife Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi at a public function in Lagos.
One of the white cap chiefs, Lateef Aderibigbe Ajose, Opeluwa Onido of Lagos, said the Lagos Monarch did not ignore Ooni of Ife at the public function as being misconceived by people.
Chief Ajose said nothing of such happened as what was misconstrued as snubbing is the culturally acclaimed way of greeting by a monarch in Lagos.
He said the Lagos monarch has been trying to revive the culture and tradition of ancient Lagos, which is peculiar to the state.
The Opeluwa Onidi said: “Other tribes also have their peculiar ways of greeting. The sign by Oba Akiolu signifies, ‘inu mi, inu e’, the culture of greeting in Lagos.
“If Oba Akiolu wanted to ignore, he would have turned his face away from Ooni. There is no misunderstanding between both highly revered monarchs in Yoruba Land”.
He said: “Oba Akiolu was well represented at the coronation of Ooni of Ife, which attested to the fact that he does not disregard the office of Ooni Adeyeye.
“There is no sentiment in the culture of Lagos. As we met it that is the way we are doing it. Kabiyesi Oba Akiolu is trying to bring back the old pattern, the old culture we have left behind.
“What happened that day was wrongly speculated by the social media to disrupt peace and order and misinterpret Oba Akiolu’s action.
“We just want to appeal to the social media to stop spreading wrong information. They should try and understand the reason behind every action carried out most especially by traditional rulers.
:Yoruba has a very rich culture. There is no quarrel between the Oba of Lagos and Ooni of Ife.”