Former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, and spokesperson for Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin have blasted the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Bola Ahmed Tinubu for disrespecting the greet the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi.
In a viral video on twitter obtained by Thepledge during the coronation ceremony of the Oniru of Iruland in Lagos State last weekend, Tinubu was seen sitting down while receiving the Ooni of Ife, who was on his feet.
This did not go down well with Fani-Kayode who accused the APC leader of being disrespectful to the throne.
Fani-Kayode via his twitter handle said: “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 and & indeed son and daughter of Odua but it is also a crying shame.
“A northern political leader refuse to stand up for his traditional ruler?”
In the same vein, Odumakin insisted that Tinubu should have stood up to greet the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi.
In an interview with The Punch on Wednesday, Odumakin said although monarchs no longer hold political power, it was important for traditional institutions to be respected especially by the Yoruba people.
He recalled that former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who is many years older than the monarch, bowed down to greet him in 2016.
“We are still Yoruba people. With due respect to our royal fathers, we should not say because we are in a modern age, we should not give the proper respect that we give to our Oba.
“You saw the time former President Obasanjo prostrated before the Ooni.
“So, it is still our culture and we must sustain our culture and give the respect that is due to our monarchs.”