I’m greater than Ooni of Ife, other Yoruba kings – Olugbo of Ugbo land

I'm greater than Ooni of Ife, other Yoruba kings - Olugbo of Ugbo landThe Olugbo of Ugbo land, Oba Obateru Akinruntan, has insisted that he is the most powerful leader in Yoruba tradition.

During an event organised to mark the 30th anniversary of Kola Olootu as a radio presenter in Ibadan on Sunday, Oba Obeteru insinuated that unlike what is believed, his throne is higher than that of the Alaafin of Oyo and Ooni of Ife.

His words:

“I am the leader of all obas in Yoruba land. I speak with thunder in my mouth and I make bold to say so. No one is above me in Yoruba land in as much as it has been accepted that we are from Ife. I am the one that Oduduwa met at Ife. We are the husband of Moremi Ajasoro. Anyone who wants real Yoruba blessing should approach me. I am the one bestowed with the power.

“People should face the truth. My account of the history of Yoruba race is the most accurate and authentic. I have published a book on it already. Like I said, Oduduwa met my people in Ife. Don’t mind my critics who use Facebook to abuse me. The truth is that many of them are children of slaves.

“They don’t want the true story of their fathers to be told. Slaves don’t want history to be told. I am bold because I am not a son of a slave. My book is there. Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, has accepted the book as the authentic history of the Yoruba race. I am about to publish another book on the same subject.”