“Oyo Traditional Rulers Call for Calm Following Obasanjo’s Accusations”

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By  Milcah  Tanimu

In response to the recent incident involving former President Olusegun Obasanjo and some traditional rulers in Iseyin, Oyo State, the traditional rulers are urging restraint in comments made about the situation. Oba Olushola Alao, the Olugbon of Orile-Igbon and Deputy Chairman of the Oyo State Council of Obas and Chiefs, issued a statement emphasizing the importance of maintaining calm in the wake of the incident.

Former President Obasanjo had accused the traditional rulers present at the inauguration of the Iseyin Campus of LAUTECH of showing disrespect to Governor Seyi Makinde.

Oba Olusola Alao clarified that the matter is an internal affair of the State Council of Obas and would be thoroughly reviewed at their upcoming meeting. He acknowledged the reactions and concerns expressed by individuals who hold the traditional institution in high regard.

He stated, “Let me assure all Yoruba and other well-meaning Nigerians who have respect for the traditional institution and who feel concerned about the incident that our silence since Friday is not an act of cowardice. When we sit down with the governor and hold our next meeting, we will review and respond appropriately.”

The traditional ruler called for decorum in line with the Omoluwabi ethos, which the Yoruba people greatly value. He reaffirmed the commitment to maintaining peace in Yoruba land and preserving the unity of the Yoruba people. He also urged everyone to disregard any information contrary to his statement.

The incident at the state function involved Mr. Obasanjo reprimanding the traditional rulers for not standing when Governor Seyi Makinde arrived at the venue. It has sparked reactions and discussions across the country, particularly in Yoruba-speaking states.

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