The Palace of the Ooni of Ife has denied issuing an official statement on the viral video in which Sunday Igboho had critical words for Arole Oodua Olofin Adimula, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II over what he alleged were acts of betrayer against his struggle to liberate Yoruba race from the terrorist herdsmen.
Answering questions from newsmen at his office in Ile-Ife on Thursday, the Ooni’s Director of Media & Public Affairs, Comrade Moses Olafare said it is not in the style of the Ooni to issue official statements on matters that threaten the unity and peace of the country, especially as they affect the descendants of Oduduwa worldwide.
Olafare said Ooni Ogunwusi was unperturbed by the uncouth manner the Yoruba activist derogatorily addressed the foremost monarch. The Palace however said Igboho has been forgiven.
“Sunday Igboho still remains a son to the Ooni. Baba has already forgiven him because he had tendered an apology through a video clip he released on social media yesterday .
The royal father according to Olafare could not bicker with any of his sons however huge the provocation.
“Before tendering the apology, it was the Baba Olugbon of Ile-Igbon and vice Chairman of Oyo State Council of Obas that first called and informed Arole Oodua on phone that he had scolded Sunday on phone over his misdeeds and that the activist would tender a public apology over the matter . Sunday Igboho thereafter released the video in which he tendered his apology”
“Even though the way and manner Igboho conducted himself was sacrilegious to the Oduduwa throne but he has already apologized and I can confirm that Arole Oodua has forgiven him because there is no perfection in humanity. Sunday is a human being like any other normal human being who could misbehave as well. No one is perfect!.
“As the father of all, the Arole Oduduwa Olofin Adimula, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II remains his father who had even identified with him in the past two weeks he had begun with the struggle and he is still solidly behind him for the liberation of the Yorubas from criminal herdsmen who have adamantly terrorized our land. The activist must watch his back so that people with ulterior motives do not high jack the process.
When asked if the Ooni has ever made an official statement on the issue, Olafare swiftly replied that it is not in the habit of the palace to make official statements on any matter that threatens the unity and peace of the country, especially as it affects the descendants of Oduduwa.
“No no no, palace has never officially responded and will never respond to the video. As a matter fact, it is not even our style to do so, and we have a firm policy of talkless , listen more on issues like this because we focus more on what unites us rather than what divides us as a people of one source”.
“Like I said, he has apologized through Kabiyesi Olugbon who called Baba on his behalf and Arole Oodua has forgiven him. Let’s just let the matter rest”. Olafare said.
The traditional ruler however appealed to all and sundry to let the sleeping dog lie because Sunday had been forgiven.