If the threat from the Yoruba Obas Forum is anything to go by, Oba Akinruntan, the Olugbo of Ugbo will be dethroned any moment from now. My State News Observed.
The richest Yoruba Monarch Oba Dr Fredrick Obateru Akinruntan, Olugbo of Ugbo has been accused of endorsing and crowned what he calls diaspora Obas among other things.
The Monarch was said to have committed an aberration and he should be dethroned.
In a release to the media, the forum after thorough deliberation stated; “Those who cannot be angry at evil lacks enthusiasm for good. And there is an age long Yoruba that says Agba kii wa loja ki ori omotuntun wo:
The attention of the Yoruba Obas Forum being the umbrella body of over 200 Obas in the South West and North Central regions of Nigeria (comprising of OSUN, OGUN, OYO, EKITI, ONDO, LAGOS KOGI, KWARA STATES of Nigeria) has been drawn to the recent illegal, unwarranted and unprecedented endorsement and installation of certain persons as Oba Yoruba of Liberia, Oba Yoruba of Republic of Ireland and Oba Yoruba of Atlanta, Oba Akile of Dallas by OBA OBATERU AKINRUNTAN.
“It is apposite to state categorically that the Yoruba Obas Forum strongly and vehemently reject this sacrilegious endorsement and purported installation which is not only illegal but alien to the Yoruba custom and tradition.
“We state unequivocally and without fear of contradiction that the purported installation is an affront to Yoruba tradition and a desecration of Yoruba custom and tradition. It must be made crystal clear that OBA AKINRUNTAN does not possess such power under any guise to endorse, install, or crown anyone as Yoruba Oba outside his domain,” the forum said.