The Yoruba Council Worldwide, the apex Yoruba indigenous organization, has asked the Olowu of Owu Kingdom, Oba Saka Matemilola, to withdraw the Balogun Chieftaincy title given to the former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo.
The council made this known on Wednesday in a press statement, released by the council, declaring that it will no longer recognize any chieftaincy titles conferred on Obasanjo by any monarchs in Yoruba Land.
This declaration comes after Obasanjo refused to apologize for his disparaging comments about the Yoruba Obas on September 15, 2023, in Iseyin, Oyo State.
The Yoruba Council Worldwide had earlier demanded an apology within three days, which Obasanjo ignored.
The Yoruba Council Worldwide has accused Obasanjo of making disrespectful statements at the commissioning of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Iseyin campus.
“We see your disrespectful statements at the commissioning of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Iseyin campus, and had commanded kings from Oyo State to stand up and accord you respect (and subsequent defense in premium times); to the arrays of first-class Royal Fathers and other leading Obas like toddlers or a village headmaster or an Army General talking profusely at his foot soldiers in a most depressing, disparaging, and disrespectful manner,” it stated.
The organization has also stressed that it will commence strict legal action at a court of competent jurisdiction for defamation and scandalous libel.
The Yoruba Council Worldwide has therefore vowed to mobilize all market women, youths, and leaders of thought for onward sanitization and compliance with its declaration.
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