Oba Oladunni Oyewunmi Ajagungbade III, the Soun of Ogbomoso has said on Tuesday that he would not comment on the claim of the Olugbo of Ugbo, Oba Obateru Akinruntan, that he was the leader of all monarchs in Yoruba land.
The Olugbo said at an event in Ibadan that he was the custodian of authentic Yoruba history and that Oduduwa, the acclaimed progenitor of the Yoruba, met his people in Ile-Ife.
“I am the leader of all obas in Yorubaland. I speak with thunder in my mouth and I make bold to say so. No one is above me in Yorubaland inasmuch as it has been accepted that we are from Ife. I am the one that Oduduwa met at Ife. We are the husband of Moremi Ajasoro. Anyone who wants real Yoruba blessing should approach me. I am the one bestowed with the power.
“People should face the truth. My account of the history of Yoruba race is the most accurate and authentic. I have published a book on it already. Don’ t mind my critics who use Facebook to abuse me. The truth is that many of them are children of slaves.
“They don’t want the true story of their fathers to be told. Slaves don’t want history to be told. I am bold because I am not the son of a slave. My book is there. The Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, has accepted the book as the authentic history of the Yoruba race. I am about to publish another book on the same subject,” Olugbo had said.
But speaking through his private secretary, Toyin Ajamu, the Soun of Ogbomoso said responding to such a claim would only make the Olugbo achieve his aim of achieving popularity.
He said as a first class oba and one of the oldest traditional leaders in the land, he would not place himself at a position where he would take issue with a fellow monarch or anyone on an issue that he considered irrelevant .
“Kabiyesi is over 90 years old. He hardly responds to issues that have no positive effect on his people. Reacting to what Olugbo said will only make the Olugbo more popular over this issue. He said he will not take issues with Oba Akinruntan over the leadership claim. Soun’s status is far more than such a claim. Kabiyesi said that he had no interest in the matter raised by Olugbo,” said Soun’s secretary.
Meanwhile, the Yoruba Youth Socio-cultural Association has disagreed with Akinruntan over his declaration that he was the leader of all Yoruba kings. The President of the group, Olalekan Hammed, said this in a statement on Tuesday.
The group also warned monarchs in Yoruba land to stop the raging supremacy battle, which according to it, would further ridicule them before the members of the public.
The statement reads: “The Alaafin of Oyo and the Ooni of Ife are known to be the foremost obas in Yorubaland, according to history and none of the Yoruba forefathers in the past generations disputed the fact.
“We enjoin the new generation obas to ensure peace and unity among themselves because an average oba should be a role model in the society.”