The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has dissociated himself from a statement credited to one Tunde Awoyeni who claimed that the palace would invoke the wrath of his ancestors on the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, for snubbing him at at a public function on Tuesday.
The disclaimer was contained in a statement issued on Friday by the Director of Media and Public Affairs of the Ooni’s Palace, Mr. Moses Olafare.
Oba Ogunwusi restated that he would continue to hold the Oba of Lagos in high esteem and would not stop to accord him with respect despite what he did.
Oba Ogunwusi stated that he would not stop respecting Oba Akiolu because he was not only as one of the foremost traditional rulers in the country but also an elderly Oba.
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The statement read, “The Palace of Ooni is using this medium to dissociate Ooni of Ife from the statement credited to Mr Tunde Awoyemi and we have said it repeatedly that we have no official reaction to the issue of Oba Akiolu.
“Kabiyesi Ogunwusi is committed to his peace and unity agenda, which he has embarked on since he ascended the throne of his forefathers. We refrain from reacting officially, with a view to avoiding fanning any ember of discord as Oba Akiolu remains respected monarch and the Ooni had established a very robust and healthy relationship with him before his installation as Ooni of Ife.
“While Ooni would continue to sustain the relationship with Oba Akiolu, we want to state categorically that the remark credited to Tunde Awoyemi was not authorised by Ooni and should be disregarded by all Nigerians both at home and in diaspora.”