Recall that on April 25, this year, a short video clip which feature the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Aremu Akiolu snubbing the presence of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi at a public function went viral.
The 27 seconds video showed the Ooni of Ife who the Yoruba tribe regarded as the most leader of the tribe, arriving the venue of a public function. Then exchanged plesantries with some people, including Igwe Alfred Achebe, the Obi of Onitsha. But when he to the turn of Oba Akiolu of Lagos to exchange pleasantry, the Oni of Ife was snubbed by the Oba who seated next to the Obi of Onitsha.
But some research was conducted by Onyema Dike of Sabinews to ascertain the reason for the rebuff, the result seems to revealed that the Oba of Lagos, might have unconsciously ignored the Oni.
The Oba of Lagos is apparently visually impaired and might not have even see the Oni since he was standing straight. Remember, he is used to almost everyone bowing for his, so he may think the Oni was not greeting him or does have any business with him, perharps talking with his neighbour.
The above research or thought was based on a publication on September 2, last year by The Nation, where the Oba of Lagos admitted that he his visual impaired, said he had been battling with Glaucoma for over 21 years.
“Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu has called on Lagos residents to go for glaucoma screening to prevent blindness.
“So, as a person living with glaucoma, I can say for anyone not to go blind, if you are being treated for glaucoma, be sure to take your prescribed glaucoma medicine every day. See your eye care professional regularly.
“You can help protect the vision of family members and friends, who may be at high risk for glaucoma, especially those over age 40 and everyone over 60 years and people with a family history of the disease by sharing information as I am doing.
“Please encourage them to have a comprehensive dilated eye examination regularly. Remember that lowering eye pressure in the early stages of glaucoma slows progression of the disease and helps save vision,” said Oba of Lagos.
Furthermore, a source, who is an official of the Lagos State Government told Sabinews that: “Have you ever wondered why he always wears dark glasses even indoors? I once saw him leave the seat reserved for him to sit on another man’s lap at a public event.
“I wonder why the palace has not acknowledged it by now and saved the Oba all the insults on social media.”
Meanwhile, it earlier reported that the Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, the Ooni of Ife, said he will never stop according Oba of Lagos his due respect, despite the occurence.