Femi Fani-Kayode, a former Minister of Aviation, has berated former Lagos State governor, Bola Tinubu, for failing to stand up to greet the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, at the Coronation of the Oniru of Iruland, Oba Gbolahan Lawal Abisogun II in Lagos state on Sunday, September 6.
The Ooni of Ife had arrived at the event and was walking to the high table when he stopped by to greet Tinubu.
As it is the culture of Yorubas, traditional leaders are to be honored by standing up to greet them, however while everyone else around the Ooni of Ife did so, Tinubu was seen on his seat welcoming the monarch.
Following the circulation of the photo and video of the occurrence on social media, some Nigerians called out Tinubu for failing to accord the monarch his respect by standing to his feet. Others have however condemned the monarch for stopping to greet Tinubu.
Airing his opinion about the incident in a tweet posted on Thursday morning, September 10, FFK said it is “insulting and shameful” for Tinubu to have refused to stand up to greet the monarch.
THAT THE ASIWAJU OF BOURDILLON REFUSED TO STAND UP TO GREET THE OONI OF IFE SPEAKS VOLUMES. THIS WAS NOT ONLY DEEPLY INSULTING TO EVERY IFE & INDEED SON & DAUGHTER OF ODUA BUT IT IS ALSO A CRYING SHAME. WOULD A NORTHERN POL. LEADER REFUSE TO STAND UP FOR HIS TRADITIONAL RULER?
THAT THE ASIWAJU OF BOURDILLON REFUSED TO STAND UP TO GREET THE OONI OF IFE SPEAKS VOLUMES.THIS WAS NOT ONLY DEEPLY INSULTING TO EVERY IFE & INDEED SON & DAUGHTER OF ODUA BUT IT IS ALSO A CRYING SHAME. WOULD A NORTHERN POL. LEADER REFUSE TO STAND UP FOR HIS TRADITIONAL RULER?
— FEMI FANI-KAYODE (@REALFFK) SEPTEMBER 10, 2020