All Yoruba Obas are useless says Bola Tinubu
National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has disclosed that only three monarchs in Yorubaland are upright, describing others as “useless”.
The former governor of Lagos State made this declaration on Friday in Ijebu-Ode during a special prayer session held at the Central Mosque in the city to mark the 80th birthday of the Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Kayode Adetona, the Ogbagba II. Tinubu extolled the doggedness of the paramount ruler.
Speaking at the event, Tinubu, who returned to the country because of the occasion, urged the monarch not to allow some politicians hijack his birthday celebration and turn it into a political platform for campaign.
Tinubu narrated that, “I remember in 1991, 1992 and 1993 during the military junta, when the Yoruba was the target of the then government. They thought they could silence you, they planned to kill you, they planned to remove you through a local government, but they failed. They did it to Sultan of Sokoto and they succeeded.
“You stood by us, you stood by the truth and despite all humiliation, depression and attack, you remained resolute.
“I will never forget when you invited us to your palace for one of our meetings. When we got there and we were about to commence our meeting, we were told that soldiers have surrounded the palace with guns. You told us then that there was no problem and we should continue our meeting.
“You said they don't know that there are many ways into the palace. After our meeting, you opened another door for us and nothing happened to us.
“You are not part of the useless Obas in Yorubaland who will sell out, we know them and it is not yet time to mention names. In Yorubaland today, you are the best monarch and that is not contestable. The good Obas' in Yorubaland, who are forthright, firm and stand by the truth are not up to five, they are just three. Oba Awujale, Oba Akiolu and another. May you live long in good health and abundant God blessing.”