Former Nigerian President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has frowned at the rivalry for supremacy among Yoruba monarchs, which has recently pitted two prominent traditional rulers against each other.
Chief Obasanjo reportedly addressed the matter when the new Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, paid him a courtesy visit at his Presidential Hilltop residence in Abeokuta, Ogun State on Thursday. He described the supremacy war as “a distraction, which could result in a setback”.
He stated that the criteria for good governance is the ability to checkmate the welfare of your subjects and make it a priority.
The former President also advised monarchs to jealously guard the honour accorded their offices and demonstrate mutual respect for one another.
“I think that what is more important is to give good governance to the citizens and have mutual respect for ourselves.
“When I was President and even now, I usually accord respect to all Presidents, particularly to the ones with small population. I do this because I realised that no matter how densely populated a country might be, it has the same one vote at the United Nations just as a country with a few people.
“For instance, Nigeria with a population of about 180 million, has the same vote with Sao Tome with a population of 150,000” Obasanjo added.
Obasanjo noted that it was God who enthroned the Olubadan and he prayed that he would succeed in leading the people of Ibadan in the right direction, he urged the monarch to be faithful and trustworthy in dispensing justice without fear or favor.
In his words: “Though all mankind are difficult to govern; I also know, from experience, that the people of Egba and Ibadan particularly are not easy to govern. I pray that God, who puts you there, will help you to succeed.
“What is most important to any leader, be it traditional, political or religious, is for him to be trustworthy. Nobody is perfect, but once you are queried over some issues and you are able to defend yourself well, you can then leave the rest to God.” he concluded.
The newly crowned Monarch commended Chief Olusegun Obasanjo for his words of encouragement and called for peace and unity amongst the people of Yorubaland, especially their rulers.