Oba of Lagos Rilwan Akiolu on Thursday reacted to the video showing him snubbing the Ooni of Ife Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi at a public function in Lagos.
Akiolu reacting to the video in which he is seen refusing to return Ooni’s greeting in a statement released by one of the white cap chiefs, Lateef Aderibigbe Ajose, Opeluwa Onido of Lagos, said he did not ignore Ooni of Ife, adding that he was only misconstrued.
The Opeluwa Onidi said: “Other tribes also have their peculiar ways of greeting. The sign by Oba Akiolu signifies, ‘inu mi, inu e’, the culture of greeting in Lagos. If Oba Akiolu wanted to ignore, he would have turned his face away from Ooni. There is no misunderstanding between both highly revered monarchs in Yoruba Land.
“…There is no sentiment in the culture of Lagos. As we met it that is the way we are doing it. Kabiyesi Oba Akiolu is trying to bring back the old pattern, the old culture we have left behind.”