“Obasanjo Stands Firm on His Actions, Rejects Calls for Apology to Oyo Monarchs” Former President Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has reaffirmed his stance on the commands he issued to traditional rulers in Oyo State, dismissing calls for an apology from some Yoruba leaders. The controversy arose when Obasanjo, invited as a special guest of honor at the commissioning of the Iseyin campus of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) by Governor Seyi Makinde, ordered traditional rulers to stand up and sit down as a sign of respect to the governor.
Obasanjo asserted that the governor’s position is superior to that of any king, emphasizing the importance of respecting age and position in Yoruba culture. Some Yoruba leaders, including the Oluwo of Iwo, criticized Obasanjo’s actions, demanding an apology to traditional rulers within seven days.
However, Obasanjo’s media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi, conveyed the former President’s unwavering stance, stating that the constitution grants governors authority over royal figures. He emphasized that disrespecting the office of the governor undermines the constitution and the dignity it confers upon the position.
Additionally, Obasanjo disowned a person identified as “Mrs. Taiwo Martins,” who had issued an apology on his behalf. He clarified that she is not his wife or a member of the Obasanjo family. Obasanjo asserted that nobody but himself or individuals duly authorized by him can make statements on behalf of his family. He also noted that Ms. Martins’ health condition is widely known and her statements have no connection to him or his family.[logo-slider]