“The Obas Disrespected Makinde” -Obasanjo Speaks up On Why He ordered the Obas To Stand Up

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Following the controversial issues and heavy criticisms that trailed the action of Olusegun Obasanjo on Friday, the former president, has reacted to the issue by revealing that he ordered the Oyo state monarchs to stand up and greet because their action had disrespected the Oyo State governor, Seyi Makinde.
Speaking exclusively with Premium Times, the octogenarian said his action was because the monarchs breached “protocol” and disrespected the governor.
Recall that Obasanjo, speaking on Friday, September 15, at the commissioning of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Iseyin campus, had commanded kings from Oyo state to stand up and accord him respect.
The former president assertively stated that the position of governor or president is bigger than that of any king.
“Please in Yoruba land, we respect two things: age and position. The governor’s position is superior to that of any king inasmuch as he is a governor,” OBJ assertively said.
The action has, however, been met with criticism, with a number of Nigerians positing that the octogenarian would never do such to Alaafin of Oyo or Ooni of Ile-Ife.
Defending his action, Obasanjo said the kings did not rise when others rose while the governor was speaking.
“I arrived the event venue with the governor. As we arrived, every other person at the venue rose, but they (the monarchs) remained seated. I was surprised because I considered that a breach of protocol and disrespect for the governor.

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