The Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Adewale Akanbi, who was in the news some few months back after he announced that he was adopting the Emir Title, is at it again and this time, the monarch was spotted rocking an Igbo attire while seated on his thrown.
The Oluwo of Iwo came under fire when he adopted the Emir title and in his defence, the traditional ruler said Iwo was the home of Islamic scholars and that he could be regarded as an emir.
In his explanation on why he wore the Igbo attire, The Oluwo said it was to demonstrate his unrepentant insistence on the oneness of Nigeria. And as a father to the nation he urged other Obas to adopt the system to promote unity.
He was quoted as saying the below statements at the event;
I’m wearing Igwe dress to demonstrate my unrepentant insistence on oneness of Nigeria as a father to the nation. Nigerians should integrate through occasional multi ethnic dresses. Other Obas need to adopt the system to promote unity.
“The adopted state of origin is a threat to our unity. Nigerians should be Nigerians in Nigeria. The certificate is divisive. As a Nigerian, you should be able to contest for elective positions anywhere in Nigeria. Ethnicity didn’t permit this. Traditional rulers have role to play. I’m leading this and will continue to”
“Palace is a rally point and general place for every Nigerian. It jumps political, religious, ethnic and economic barrier. Everyone, irrespective of your location should be able to approach any palace and make your request. Palace belongs to Nigerians not certain ethnic class”
“Unlike Mosque and Church where Muslims and Christians have respective exclusive access to, palace should accommodate everyone whether you are Muslim or Christian, Yoruba, Hausa.