RANKABIYESI! – Adewale Sobowale

Isn’t it funny the way some so-called royal blood choose to desecrate the very stool on which they are sitting? But then, the fault is hardly theirs. It’s the fault of what we have chosen to become.

That the Oluwo of Iwo has decided to become an emir is no longer news. The fact that, due to the use of the internet, the world is now a global village has made it a trending piece of news throughout the world.

I love Nigeria, it’s like the internet is a Nigerian product. We’re always generating news. I’ve always called us reporters’ delight.

Now, let’s look at his appointment. To the best of my knowledge, obas are appointed by state governments in Nigeria. I guess Oluwo’s letter of appointment has been changed from that of an oba to an emir.

Let’s look at it in another way, I’m sure the people of Iwo have agreed that their own Oba is now an emir. How beautiful.

According to Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, the Yoruba obas are no-good. Instead of cooperating, they are filled with the spirit of backbiting. Our Oba is too civilised for them.

He has therefore decided to become an emir. If we follow the oba’s thinking critically, then if another oba feels irritated with the behaviour of others, he might just decide to become an obi.

Just like that!

The Oluwo wants to be applauded for his sense of nationalism. He has done very well because he has deemed it fit to portray his culture as inferior to the Northern culture.

If he had a sense of history he wouldn’t have dared to do what I will refer to as, a ‘peculiar mess’, with apologies to Adegoke Adelabu, the colourful pre-Independence politician.

What comes to my mind is the fact that the chickens are coming home to roost. What does our revered Oba know about the history of Ilorin? By the way, what do our royalty learn in the ipebi. Something tells me our dear Oba learnt nothing in the ipebi.

Of course, our rankabiyesi has fundamental Human Rights. However, his rights stop where the others start. In any case, we’re even talking about the rights of a group of which he is only one person.

Our fathers used to say something about instead of prostrating for a cow, it’s better to die. They also talked about the amunibuni eran ibiye.

Rankabiyesi o!


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