A first class Yoruba traditional ruler in Osun State, the Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Abdulrasheed Adewale Akanbi, has shown that he’s truly a Nigerian after rocking attire worn by Igbo rulers in order to promote unity in the country. The monarch sparked controversy some months ago after dropping his traditional dresses and adopted full regalia of an Hausa emir.

The traditional ruler said Iwo was the home of Islamic scholars and that he could be regarded as an emir.

The Oluwo said he wore the Igwe dress to demonstrate his unrepentant insistence on oneness of Nigeria as a father to the nation as he urged other Obas need to adopt the system to promote unity.

He was quoted as saying the below statements at the event;

I’m wearing Igwe dress to demonstrate my unrepentant insistence on oneness of Nigeria as a father to the nation. Nigerians should integrate through occasional multi ethnic dresses. Other Obas need to adopt the system to promote unity.

“The adopted state of origin is a threat to our unity. Nigerians should be Nigerians in Nigeria. The certificate is divisive. As a Nigerian, you should be able to contest for elective positions anywhere in Nigeria. Ethnicity didn’t permit this. Traditional rulers have role to play. I’m leading this and will continue to”

“Palace is a rally point and general place for every Nigerian. It jumps political, religious, ethnic and economic barrier. Everyone, irrespective of your location should be able to approach any palace and make your request. Palace belongs to Nigerians not certain ethnic class”

“Unlike Mosque and Church where Muslims and Christians have respective exclusive access to, palace should accommodate everyone whether you are Muslim or Christian, Yoruba, Hausa.

The Oluwo is not new to controversy and once admitted that people see him that way “because I challenge the status quo”.

Source; https://www.nationalhelm.co/2018/05/oluwo-of-iwoland-rocks-igwe-attire-at-a-traditional-event-in-osun.html

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