Obasanjo orders Oyo monarchs to stand up at event

Olusegun Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Friday ordered monarchs in Oyo State to stand up while chiding them for not standing when Governor Seyi Makinde walked in.

The octogenarian told them in Yoruba that in spite of their positions they ought to honour elderly persons and those in positions of authority in line with the Omoluabi ethos.

Obasanjo was in Oyo for the inauguration of a 34.85 km Oyo-Iseyin Road and the completed Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Iseyin Campus, which houses the College of Agricultural Sciences and Renewable Natural Resources.

According to him, while he was president, monarchs prostrated before him privately.


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He said, “I greet the kings and chiefs here sitting; I am grateful that you are here. Let me say this: wherever the president or governor is, the kings present must stand up to honour him.

“In Yoruba land, there are two things that are most respected among others: age and position. When a governor is still in power, he’s more powerful than any king.

“Even when I was president, I prostrated for kings outside, and when we went inside, the kings would prostrate for me. So, let’s always celebrate our culture.”