Former President Olusegun Obasanjo lectured some traditional rulers on the importance of respecting culture and according honour to deserving individuals. He conveyed this message during the inauguration of the 34.85 km Oyo-Iseyin Road and the completed Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Iseyin Campus, which houses the College of Agricultural Sciences and Renewable Natural Resources.
Obasanjo, speaking in Yoruba, urged the traditional rulers to adhere to the Omoluabi ethos, emphasizing the significance of showing respect to elderly individuals and those in positions of authority. He shared an anecdote from his own experience, mentioning that during his presidency, he would publicly prostrate to greet kings.
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He stated, “I greet the kings and chiefs present here; I appreciate your presence. Let me emphasize this: wherever the President or governor is, the kings in attendance should stand up to show respect to him. In Yoruba culture, two things are highly esteemed above others: age and position. While a governor is in office, he holds a higher position than any king.”
He further illustrated his point by recalling his own experiences when he was in power, noting that he would prostrate before kings when greeting them, and in return, the kings would prostrate before him when they entered a private setting.
Obasanjo concluded by encouraging everyone to celebrate and uphold their culture.
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