The reason why Olusegun Obasanjo knelt before the new Olu of Warri has emerged.
Angeladaviesblog reports that Kehinde Akinyemi, Special Assistant on Media to former President Olusegun Obasanjo, has explained why his principal knelt before His Royal Majesty Olu of Warri, Ogiame Atuwatse III.
Recall that the 37-year-old serial entrepreneur Utieyinoritsetsola Emiko was crowned the 21st Olu of Warri, and had immediately assumed the title of Ogiame Atuwatse III on Saturday.
According to Akinyemi, Obasanjo, 84, on Sunday morning, travelled to the ancient Iwere Kingdom, which is the ancestral home of the Itsekiri in the Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State, to pay homage to the new monarch.
The media aide stated this in a chat with The Punch on Sunday afternoon after a viral photo captured the aged ex-President paying homage to the young monarch.
Akinyemi described his boss as the “Baba (Father) of Africa” who can pay homage to all exalted traditional seats.
He said that Obasanjo did not kneel before the monarch but before the ancient Iwere Kingdom, which dates back to over five centuries.
“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.
Continuing, the aide said, “It was not Baba’s first time; he also once prostrated before Gbagura.”