Yinka Odumakin, the spokesperson for Afenifere, has stated that the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, should have stood up to greet the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi.
He stated this while reacting to a viral picture showing Tinubu sitting down while the Ooni stands to greet him at the coronation of the Oniru of Iruland, Oba Omogbolahan Lawal.
In an interview with The Punch on Wednesday, Ooni said although monarchs no longer hold political power, it was important for traditional institutions to be respected especially by the Yoruba people.
He recalled that former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who is many years older than the monarch, bowed down to greet him in 2016.
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.”