Forget that attempt at denial..It has just been revealed the main reason why Oba Rilwand Akiolu actually snubbed Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi was his refusal to abort the Commonwealth Day celebrations that was recently held in London.
According to reports, Oba of Lagos at the official opening of the 22nd World Conference of Banking Institutes in Lagos recently, shunned Ooni of Ife, Oba Ogunwusi who came towards Oba Akiolu to greet him after exchanging pleasantries with the Obi of Onitsha, Nnaemeka Achebe.
Insiders who are in the know revealed that trouble began when the Ooni placed a call to Oba Akiolu, informing him about his invitation to the Commonwealth event.
But the Oba of Lagos got angry that he wasn’t invited for the event, and he requested that the Ooni boycotted the trip, a request that the Ooni did not honour.
An authoritative source said, “Ooni accords the older Yoruba monarchs a lot of respect and courtesy. He has even visited a number of them in their palaces since his coronation in December 2015. He wants to build bridges of understanding.
“Ooni usually informs the Alake of Egbaland, Awujale of Ijebuland and Oba of Lagos, among others, of his plans. Even when he’s travelling abroad, he tells them.”
“When he was going to London to honour the invitation of the Commonwealth, he told them. But when he informed Oba of Lagos about the March trip, he was upset.
“Oba of Lagos flared up during the phone call, and mentioned why he was not invited. Ooni offered to help to see if Oba of Lagos could be shortlisted for the trip, but he declined.
“The discussion was heated, and Oba Akiolu insisted that the Ooni should boycott the London event slated for March 13 and 14. The phone did not end on a happy note,” another insider revealed.
However, Ooni duly attended the celebrations in London, presented a speech, laid a wreath and graced many other events during the trip. Since the Ooni returned from London, the Bankers’ event of Tuesday, April 25 was the first time the Royal Father were meeting.
“And as seen in the video that went viral, when the Ooni arrived the event where the Obi of Onitsha (Nnayelugo Alfred Nnaemeka Achebe) and the Oba of Lagos were already seated, he greeted them respectfully but Akiolu snubbed him.
“Furthermore, when Ooni mounted the podium to address the Bankers, he acknowledged both the Oba of Lagos and the Obi of Onitsha. But when it got to the turn of the Oba of Lagos to speak, he still refused to acknowledge the Ooni of Ife, the insiders added.