The Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Otunba Gani Adams, has condemned people parading themselves as Obas (Yoruba kings) outside the shores of Nigeria when they have neither been crowned by anyone in the entire Yorubaland nor of royal birth. In a letter addressed to all governors, Obas and Commissioners for Chieftaincy Affairs in the South west obtained by Saturday Telegraph, Adams said the activities of an illegal group known as Council of Yoruba Obas in the Diaspora represent “clear and present danger”. According to him, “This desecration of our customs and tradition is not perpetrated by strangers but some Yoruba who I will refer to as ‘shady characters’, living outside the shores of this land.
“Your Excellency, I am writing this letter to you because as you are the number one citizen of the state and ‘protector of our traditional institution’, any immediate or remote threat to our agelong monarchical system must be nipped in the bud through all legal means. “This group is not known to our law, the modus operandi is alien to our customs and tradition and if nothing is done urgently to caution and sanction its promoters, our highly-revered traditional institution may, God forbid, becomes extinct soon.” The Aare, who said his intervention was based on the vow to do everything legitimate and legal to protect and project the image of Yorubaland as the 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo, added: “The customs associated with royal families date back to centuries but the activities of ‘Council of Yoruba Obas in the Diaspora’, if not checked immediately, threaten this age-long tradition.”