Professor Wole Soyinka mocked former President Olusegun
Obasanjo over his action to order traditional rulers to ‘stand up and sit down’
at an event in Iseyin, Oyo state, a fortnight ago.
In a viral video seen by Vanguard on Sunday, Soyinka told
some monarchs at a gathering that he was not in their presence to bark at them
to stand up and sit down, which made them laugh.
Recall that Obasanjo tongue-lashed some Obas in Oyo for
allegedly not standing up to honour him when he was called to the podium.
Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde had invited the ex-Nigerian
leader to come and commission a project, but he was enraged that the
traditional rulers present did not welcome him appropriately leading to
As Obasanjo’s action has continued to receive wide
criticisms for being a desecration of traditional institutions and an affront
to Yoruba people, the Nobel Laureate joined Nigerians to slightly slam his Egba
kinsman in the recent video.
“My royal highnesses, I wish to assure you that I’m not
about to bark at you to ‘stand up and sit down’. This is a cultured gathering,”
Soyinka said in the video.
Meanwhile, the former leader said he stood by his action in
Oyo, following the apology his estranged wife, Taiwo, tendered on his behalf.
The development has degenerated into another rancour between
them as they called each other names in recent statements.
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