A video has gone viral which captures the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Aremu Akiolu, humiliating the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, at a public function.
In the 25 seconds video, which has sparked outrage and arguments on social media, the Ooni of Ife can be seen arriving the venue of the event which had the Oba of Lagos sitting beside the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Achebe.
The standing Ooni, who bowed as he tried to greet Oba Akiolu who was seated next to the Igbo king was rebuffed by the Lagos monarch who simply waved his hand and ignored the Ooni.
Apparently embarrassed, the Ooni of Ife quietly returned to his seat.
The incident, however, sparked outrage on social media as several Nigerians condemned Oba Akiolu, describing his action as unbecoming of a Yoruba monarch.
See tweets below:
Eleko didn’t embarrass the Ooni of Ife. He emrrassed himself and he should be ashamed. Ooni extending courtesy first shows he’s mature. https://t.co/NC4wKZCPA6
— Olatunde Bakare (@Backarray) April 25, 2017
Both the Oba of Lagos & Ooni of Ife go dey alright. My problem right now is how to Iron my Shirt especially as light no dey
— FAVOUR ONYEOZIRI (@Rouvafe) April 26, 2017
— Olawoyin Edris,anipr (@Olawoyin4u) April 26, 2017
When an Igbo man like me want to put mouth in Oba of Lagos vs Ooni of Ife matter but remembers i live in Lagos and Lagoon still dey pic.twitter.com/pUnuhdVpZJ
— Emmanuel (@emma_dele) April 25, 2017
What I’ve learnt from d Ooni of Ife & Oba of Lagos incident is that not every1 deserves ur humility. Sometimes do gra gra & carry shoulders.
— BILLION (@BillionTwiTs) April 26, 2017
The Oba of Lagos publicly humiliating the Ooni of Ife. Why? What happened? pic.twitter.com/dDtc0Zoftp
— T. Rankïn’ (@AfroVII) April 25, 2017
If he’s treating Ooni of Ife like this, how will he now treat Olubadan or Alake?
— Dream In Colors (@Tobiloba_O) April 26, 2017
@AfroVII with the sunshade oba of lagos was wearing, He still had to shade Ooni of Ife. That’s shady men
— SILENT TALKATIVE (@XtianAeroplane) April 25, 2017
One is called ‘oba’ d other is called “Ooni of Ife” The latter sounds more regal to my calabar ears. ?Bside, there r many obas but one Ooni
— Iboro Tonye-Edet (@ibytoria) April 25, 2017