During an interview on Rave FM on Tuesday with Mr Adefila, Oluwo of Iwo Land, Oba Abdul Rasheed was asked about the latest Emir adoption Saga. He was asked when you assume the throne of your forefather you said you can be regarded as Emperor. The emperor also generated some reactions and the latest one is the adoption of Emir Adoption.
Oluwo said; “I want to thank God the highest for everything. Also, I want to thank for today, I want to thank God for yesterday and I want to God forever. I will never do anything without the inspiration of God. I give glory to Him. What is the meaning of adoption? The way Newspapers today twist things is very saddened. They said I abandoned Oba, how would you abandon who you are. It is not possible. How can you abandon Oba for Emir?”
“What is Emir? What is Oba and what is King? Oba is our own language and word. Traditionally and historically I am an Oba and will remain an Oba for life. There are many people who have their hidden agenda who want to twist our words. I don’t pay for the advert or pay for recognition or for people to know me everywhere (popularity).”
“In the world now, everybody knows me, it is those bad belle people that spread rumour and they are letting people know me. I don’t pay for publicity, they (enemies) are the one promoting me. I thank them for that.” Oluwo of Iwo land said.
Oluwo of Iwo, Oba AbdulRasheed Adewale Akanbi, in his reactions however said he did not abandon the Oba title for Emir. The monarch said he words were twisted by enemies. He said, he only loves the unity and love among Emirs in the Northern part of Nigeria which is lacking among the traditional Yoruba rulers.
Oba Akanbi said; “I didn’t say I abandoned Oba I can never abandon it. If you see what I wear, a king in Nigeria that wears it is rare. My crown is lovely and beautiful and I have even upgraded my own style of dressing. It is so beautiful that the Emirs love it.”
He continued: “What I said, I am going to adopt the kind of ways and life of Emirs. The Oba, King, Obi, Emir and Igwe are the heads. They are the heads of all the men even the politicians. If the head is not right, there is a problem.”
“The heads in the Northern part, you will never see any kind of bitterness or reporting each other for politicians, they don’t do that. I want our Obas in Yoruba land to do the same. For me to take a step, I want to adopt that kind of ways. I would become a king that would bring peace and unity. We are the heads of the Yoruba nation, if we are having the problem and not united then our children can never be united.”