Controversy trails Obasanjo’s ‘stand up order to Oyo monarchs’

Controversy has emerged on the stand up order given by former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Friday to the traditional rulers at the opening of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology College of Agriculture and Renewable Natural Resources in Iseyin, Oyo State.

The former president reportedly directed the kings to stand up and honour him.

He ordered the monarchs after he was being angry that the monarchs failed to honour him when he mounted the podium to speak.

While slamming the kings, he advised them to always respect the serving and past political office holders by standing to welcome them at functions.

He asked them to accord such respect to governors and presidents and subsequently ordered them to stand and like obedient pupils will respond to their headmaster, all the Kings stood up in all their regalia.

“I greet the kings and chiefs here sitting; I am grateful that you are here. Let me say this: wherever the president or governor is, the kings present must stand up to honor him.

“In Yoruba land, there are two things that are most respected among others: age and position. When a governor is still in power, he’s more powerful than any king.

“Even when I was president, I prostrated for kings outside, and when we went inside, the kings would prostrate for me. So, let’s always celebrate our culture.”

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