The Controversial Encounter
Recently, a viral video captured former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s heated exchange with Yoruba monarchs in Iseyin, Oyo State.
In the video, Obasanjo ordered the monarchs to “Stand up! Sit down!” during a public function, sparking widespread condemnation and discussions.
Obasanjo’s Respect for Tradition
In response to the incident, the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Lekan Balogun, expressed his views during his 81st birthday celebration.
He downplayed the clash, emphasizing that Obasanjo is not disrespectful and is, in fact, a respecter of traditional institutions.
An Unfortunate Incident
The Olubadan described the encounter as unfortunate and highlighted the unexpected media attention it received.
He stressed that both sides did not anticipate the way the incident was portrayed in the media.
Kingship Selection and Litigation
On the subject of kingship selection, the Olubadan addressed the ongoing issue of litigation surrounding the process.
He asserted that as long as the traditional function of selecting kings faces challenges and injustice, litigation will continue to be a part of the process.
The Role of Democracy and Injustice
The Olubadan underscored that litigation has become an inherent part of the democratic process, particularly in the selection of monarchs in Yorubaland.
He stated that as long as injustice remains in this aspect of tradition, litigation will persist, serving as a checkpoint for addressing issues of fairness and equity.