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The Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Abdulrasheed Adewale Akanbi, has voiced his disapproval of former President Olusegun Obasanjo's directive for traditional rulers to stand and honor him at a recent event. Obasanjo expressed his frustration during the opening of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology College of Agriculture and Renewable Natural Resources in Iseyin, Oyo State, when the monarchs did not rise to honor him while he was addressing the gathering.

In response, Oluwo released a statement through his press secretary, condemning Obasanjo's actions. He described Obasanjo's behavior as an affront and a sacrilege against the revered stools of Yorubaland. Oluwo emphasized that Yoruba traditional rulers are not individuals who can be commanded at will.

He also called on traditional rulers who complied with Obasanjo's request to honor him to take responsibility for their actions. Oluwo insisted that Yoruba traditional institutions demand an apology for the open desecration they experienced and that Obasanjo should apologize for his actions.

Furthermore, Oluwo highlighted the importance of respect in traditional institutions, asserting that kingship is an institution of God, and respect should be earned rather than demanded. He emphasized the need for modesty, courtesy, and respect when interacting with traditional rulers, emphasizing the significant role they play in society.