One of the leaders of Pan-Yoruba Group, Afenifere, Dr. Joe Odumakin has condemned the All Progressives Party Chieftain, Senator Bola Tinubu for his inability to stand up for Ooni of Ife while exchanging greetings at the coronation of Oniru of Iruland.
Odumakin, who is also the spokesman for pan-Yoruba group, Afenifere, said this in an interview with The PUNCH made available to OduduwaNews on Wednesday while reacting to a viral picture showing Tinubu sitting down while the Ooni stands to greet him.
He said although monarchs no longer hold political power, it was important for traditional institutions to be respected especially by the Yoruba people.
The activist recalled that in 2016, former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who is many years older than the monarch, bowed down to greet him.
Odumakin stated, “We are still Yoruba people. With due respect to our royal fathers, we should not say because we are in a modern age, we should not give the proper respect that we give to our oba.
“You saw the time former President Obasanjo prostrated before the Ooni.
“So, it is still our culture and we must sustain our culture and give the respect that is due to our monarchs.”