The picture of the former president of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo bowing before the new Olu of Warri, Ogiame Atuwatse II, has generated different comments on social media.
Some people were unsettled with the fact that the former head of state who is 84 years old bowed before a 37 years old traditional ruler.
In reaction Kehinde Akinyemi, Special Assistant on Media to Obasanjo said; “He (Obasanjo) went to Warri this (Sunday) morning to pay homage to the new king. It is a traditional institution; he (Ogiame Atuwatse III) is not the one sitting down, it is the institution that is on the throne.
“Obasanjo is the Baba of Africa and he can pay homage to every exalted traditional seat”.
Continuing, the aide said, “It was not Baba’s first time; he also once prostrated before Gbagura.”
The former President, who is the Jagunmolu of Egbaland, had, in August 2019, attended the coronation of Oba Saburee Bakre as the Agura of Gbagura in Ago-Oka, Abeokuta, Ogun State, where he also paid homage to then-new king.
NewsWireNGR recalls the the 21st Olu of Warri, Ogiame Atuwatse III, has reversed an ancestral curse placed on Nigeria by his grandfather, Olu Erejuwa II, as a result of alleged injustice meted to him.
Erejuwa II was the paramount leader of the Itsekiri who was Olu of Warri from 1951 to 1964 and from 1966 to 1986.
He was the 18th Olu of Warri Kingdom with the title Ogiame Erejuwa II.
The new Olu of Warri, Ogiame Atuwatse III, reversed his grandfather’s curse on Saturday during his coronation.