Reports have suggested that the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu didn’t intentionally snub Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi.
A video had surfaced of Oba Ogunwusi being rebuffed by Oba Akiolu at a public function.
Oba Ogunwusi, who arrived late at the event, had first greeted the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Achebe, before attempting to greet Oba Akiolu.
According to reports, the rebuff was not intentional, as Oba Akiolu didn’t know it was the Ooni of Ife.
Oba Akiolu reportedly suffers from an eye disease known as glaucoma, which impairs vision. This is reportedly why he wears dark shades everywhere.
The Ooni of Ife has already released a statement, saying he will continue to respect the Oba of Lagos regardless.
Speaking through the Director Media and Public Affairs, Ooni’s Palace on Wednesday, the Ooni said: “Nobody should castigate anybody for doing what he did because of the position he holds and because of his age. Ooni would not stop to accord his colleagues and every category of people the respect they deserve.
“The Ooni of Ife is not ready to make any official statement over what happened between him and the Oba of Lagos.
“He still holds Oba Akiolu in high esteem and what happened yesterday will not stop the Ooni from holding him in high esteem.”
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