The Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yoruba land, Aare Gani Adams, has warned the Olugbo of Ugbo land, Oba Fredrick Obateru Akinruntan, to rescind his decision to install some persons as Yoruba kings in diaspora against the wishes of his fellow monarchs.
According to the Yoruba generalissimo, the Olugbo’s action was tantamount to the desecration of sacred Yoruba values and traditions.
Adams also warned the king against unprovoked attacks against the Ooni of Ife and other traditional rulers in Yorubaland.
He said, “A few days ago, the Olugbo of Ugbo kingdom, Oba Fredrick Obateru Akinruntan, installed some characters as Yoruba Obas in the Diaspora in his palace in Ugboland.“Such desecration of Yoruba culture and tradition was brought to my attention by One of the persons who called me, who likened the conduct of this monarch to ‘Sigidi’ in Yoruba culture, who, out of nothing to do or sheer pride, said it should be taken to the stream or river.
“Millions of Yoruba were shocked when they heard that Akinruntan, installed these characters as Yoruba Obas in the Diaspora in his palace in Ugboland.“As the Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, I swore during my installation in January 2018, to always protect the name and project the image of Yorubaland”.
He said, “What Akinruntan did (he was even arrogant about it by referring to himself as the number one king in Yorubaland) is a complete desecration of our culture, tradition and value and I urge South-West governors, especially Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, and Yoruba monarchs to please call him to order immediately before it is too late”.“This impudence is fraudulent, a clear and present danger that can destroy our tradition if something urgent is not done immediately.
“What Olugbo did, he did it single-handedly, against the wishes of all the Yoruba Obas in Nigeria as a whole.
“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.
Meanwhile, In a reaction to the act of installation of new kings abroad, The Yoruba Obas Forum (YOF), has frowned at the singular act and calling it an aberration and illegal to the Yoruba custom and tradition.