Fani-Kayode blasts Obasanjo for ‘humiliating’ Oyo monarchs


A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Femi Fani-Kayode has taken a swipe at the former President, Olusegun Obasanjo over what he called humiliation of monarchs in Oyo State.

According to a viral video, Obasanjo had berated traditional rulers for not acknowledging his presence by standing up for him at a public event in Iseyin, Oyo State, on Friday.

The former president was sighted asking the Obas to stand up for him and later ordered them to sit down.

The development has triggered reactions from Yoruba stakeholders, who described Obasanjo’s action as disrespect to the traditional rulers.

Reacting, Fani-Kayode in a statement issued on his official X handle, said he was “deeply saddened and utterly mortified”, by Obasanjo’s action.

The former Aviation Minister said the action of the former president was beyond jokes, stressing that Obasanjo has spat on the faces of all Yoruba indigene.

Part of the statement reads, “I am deeply saddened and utterly mortified by the way in which former President Olusegun Obasanjo lambasted our revered traditional rulers in Oyo state and ‘ordered’ them to ‘stand up’ and ‘sit down’ as if they were children.

“This is the same OBJ that, once upon a time, displayed his respect, humility and I daresay greatness by bowing, kneeling and prostrating before our monarchs, even when he was President, yet today he talks to them as if they are his garbage collectors and orders them to jump up and down like a molue driver talking to his beleaguered passengers and a motor park tout talking to a bunch of jobless and worthless underlings.

“Many think that the whole thing is some kind of joke but I do not. We must not take it lightly and the truth is that by doing what he did he has spat on all our faces.”


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