Oba Abdul-Rasheed Akanbi, Telu I, is facing backlash for dropping the title of Oluwo of Iwo and declaring himself the Emir of Yorubaland.
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The monarch announced the change of name at his installation and the turbaning of the first Waziri of Yorubaland, Fadhilaru Sheikh Yahquub Abdul-Baaqi Mohammed, a ceremony that was dogged by controversy as some Muslim scholars across Southwest states including Edo, and Delta states were against it, asking him(the monarch) to restrict the title to Iwo land.
But Oba Akanbi ignited fresh fury and vitriol after he announced his decision to drop the Oba title henceforth and adopt the Emir title popularly known with Northern traditional rulers at the occasion, citing alleged bad attitude of Yoruba monarchs and Iwo being predominantly a Muslim town.
He said, “I have decided to officially adopt Emir title today because I want to emulate the attitudes of Northern Emirs. They don’t begrudge themselves like Yoruba Obas.
“It will surprise you to discover that for the past two years, there has not been meeting of Yoruba traditional rulers just because of enmities. There is nothing strange in adopting Emir title. I am the Emir of Yorubaland.”