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Friday, March 11, 2016


Oba Sikiru Adetona

The Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona, yesterday attacked the Alake of Egbaland Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo, over his recent controversial ranking of Yoruba Obas. Speaking in Lagos at the inaugural lecture to launch the Oba Sikiru Kayode Adetona Professorial Chair in Governance at the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye, he said the Alake was wrong in his ranking of Yoruba Obas when he received the Ooni of Ife at his palace last month.

The Alake, had in the ranking of the five top Obas, placed the Ooni of Ife as the first, followed by the Alaafin of Oyo, the Oba of Benin, with the Alake coming fourth and the Awujale fifth. But Oba Adetona, who gave the closing address, lashed out at the Egba monarch over the ranking, describing it as self-serving, false and misrepresentation of facts, Awujale said the Alake was not higher than him in order of ranking.
He said: “The first question to Alake is: who categorised the Yoruba obas and when? I challenge him to produce the document of the said categorisation.

Awujale advised  Alake to meet former President Chief Olusegun Obasanjo for proper education “so as to save himself and his people from further embarrassment”.

“I hereby strongly admonish Alake to refrain from making such unsavoury, unguarded and unfounded statements, which if not checked, may seriously jeopardise the unity of Yoruba obas and their people,” Awujale said.

At the launch, the Awujale, who donated N50 million, said the professorial chair intends to raise N500 million out of its initial target of N1 billion. More than N400 million was raised at the launch.

Oba Adetona said the Chair is meant to engage youths in political affairs of the nation.

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