Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has criticized former Lagos State governor, Bola Tinubu, for failing to stand up to greet the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, at the Coronation of the Oniru of Iruland in Lagos state on Sunday, September 6, 2020.
The Ooni of Ife arrived at the event and was walking to the high table when he stopped by to greet Tinubu.
However, there has been mixed reactions, as some Nigerians took to social media to blast Tinubu for failing to accord the monarch some respect by standing up to greet him as Tinubu can be seen sitting down. Others have also blamed the monarch for stopping to greet Tinubu.
In a tweet posted September 10, Femi says it was insulting and shameful for the Former Lagos State governor to have refused to stand up to greet the monarch.
”That the Asiwaju of Bourdillon refused to stand up to greet the Ooni of Ife speaks volumes. This was not only deeply insulting to every Ife & indeed son & daughter of Odua but it is also a crying shame. Would a northern pol. leader refuse to stand up for his traditional ruler?”
A recent gaffe of the Ooni of Ife, His imperial Majesty, Oonirisa Oba, Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja 11 is now a subject of discussion on social media as he’s seen standing in a picture that’s now gone viral whilst APC National Chairman, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is sitting down.
An aggrieved Nigerian, Nurudeen Toba Tiamiyu took to his FB page and wrote: ”The man does more comedy skits than taking that throne seriously. When the Oracle is no more consulted to pick an Oba again in Yoruba Land, these are the anomalies you get. Imagine the Oba of Bini standing and such a fellow sitting down. His goons would soon tell you the scenario is different soon. I can’t imagine this under the last two Ooni. Look at the other one in Iwo a revered Yoruba town being desecrated by their king.
Oba Okunade Sijuade, orun re baba. No wonder Ikabod will not stop talking about this king. When the king himself won’t stop disrespecting the throne, why wouldn’t she ne do her do.
As the picture continues to generate a heated debate on social media platforms, we are yet to get a clear explanation and reactions from the palace of the revered monarch as oonirisa’s media adviser, Mr. Moses Olafare who couldn’t not be reached as he didn’t pick calls placed to him by our City News editorial team. However, it is gathered that the media adviser’s phone may have been hacked.