By Gbenga Faturoti, Correspondent, Osogbo.
The Osun chapter of the All Progressives Congress on Tuesday urged Nigerians of the South-East extraction not to take the statement credited to the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu on its face value but rather do soul-searching in order to fully comprehend its import.
The party, in a statement by its Director of Research and Publicity, Kunle Oyatomi, said a Yoruba Oba does not recant over what he says because his words are expected to be mythical and thought through.
The party stated, “Let it be said that the title of all our Obas is Kabiyesi. The meaning is that our Obas are mythical. Whenever they say anything, nobody can challenge it. We have heard what they have said and with due reference to democracy, and the culture, we do not in anyway challenge the right of any individual or group to their right to their opinions. And it is the same right the Oba has to express himself. Nobody must interpret his statements literally because he knows and we all know that nobody has the power of life and death outside God and our laws.
“To fully understand him, what the Oba Akiolu said is that nobody can come to our land offend our institutions, traditions and our culture and go free.”
The party reminded Nigerians that the Yorubas have been very accommodating to a fault in the history of the country, adding that “This is the only land where there were no abandoned properties after the civil war.”
It stated further, “The Igbos must realise that our acceptance and accommodation of them have been legendary. Yorubas kept their properties throughout the war period and when they came back, they took back their properties and without any quarrel at all. Therefore, nobody must take Yoruba’s accommodation and calmness for granted. In Yoruba, when the monarch speaks, we don’t question.”
The party reminded Nigerians of the Igbo extraction to look back at how they are well established in the Yorubas area and how the relationship has been mutual.
“We respect our Obas and when they speak, we must ensure we do not just casually interpret what they are saying but must go deeper and get the imports of their statements.” It concluded
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