Pan-Yoruba group, Afenifere, has blasted the National Leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC) Chief Bola Ahmed Tinubu, for sitting to greet the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, at the coronation of the Oniru of Iruland, Oba Omogbolahan Lawal.
Reacting to a viral picture showing Tinubu sitting down to greet the monarch while the Ooni stands to greet him, the spokesman of the group, Yinka Odumakin on Wednesday said the APC national leader should have stood up to greet the monarch.
Odumakin slammed Tinubu for not respecting traditional institutions and culture as a Yoruba chief and leader, recalling when former President Olusegun Obasanjo bowed down to greet the monarch despite being many years older than him.
He said although monarchs no longer hold political power, it was important for traditional institutions to be respected especially by the Yoruba people.
The activist recalled that in 2016, former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who is many years older than the monarch, bowed down to greet him.
Odumakin stated, “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.”