The report that Oba Abdul-Rasheed Akanbi dropped the traditional title of Oluwo of Iwo, and adopted a new one, the Emir of Yorubaland, has drawn the response of the monarch himself.
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“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,” had reportedly said on Saturday when he installed Yakub Abdul-Baqi Mohhamed the Waziri of Yorubaland in his palace, an event that was frowned on by League of Imams and Alfas in South West, Edo and Delta states, on the grounds that he had no such powers to confer an Islamic title, which cuts across the entire South West.
So also, the monarch has been dressing like an emir and wearing turban occasionally.
But a statement released by his media aide, Mr. Ali Ibrahim, it denied the report saying, “Oluwo has never adopted the Emir title; he only said he could also be called an Emir by the Hausas and ardent Muslims.
“Oba Akanbi is an Oba for the nation, with special attachment to the Yorubas. He promotes Yoruba culture to the admiration of many youths.
“Just because of Oluwo dress code today, many children are attracted to Yoruba culture of wearing aso ofi.
“I said so (reference to being an emir) to integrate Nigeria nation as an indivisible entity. All working tools are available for the integration and unity of our dear country.
“I’ve visited the North several times. Core Hausa hardly pronounce Yoruba words correctly. They call me emir when I am with them. Is there anything wrong in answering to such?
“Even, the Hausa in Iwo here call me emir. Will I stop them from addressing me as such?
“No, I am a father to the nation, being a first-class paramount ruler.”