The Yoruba Council Worldwide has seized to recognise ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo as the Balogun of Owu Kingdom in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
This development was made known in a statement sent to News Direct on Tuesday, September 19 and signed by the group’s president, Aare Oba Oladotun Hassan Esq.
This was on the heels of the controversial scenario between the ex-president and local monarchs at the launch of some state government projects in Iseyin-Oyo State.
Obasanjo was seen wearing a fuming look and asked the local monarchs to stand up and observe protocol.
This incident led to much criticism from other prominent monarchs and personalities in the southwest.
Recall that, the group’s president, Aare Hassan, issued a three deadline for Obasanjo to tender an apology in a worldwide press conference.
As contained in the statement released by the Yoruba Council Worldwide, the decision was reached after the group had asked Obasanjo to apologise within three days after the controversial incident.
However, Obasanjo failed to apologise, and the group in the statement said: “..having waited endlessly for your compliance to the 3 days earlier call for sober apology press conference via our widely circulated notice on 16th September, 2023, we hereby declared and seize to recognize your Chieftaincy titles conffered on you by any monarchs in Yoruba Land, including the Balogun of Owu Kingdom, consequent upon your brazen refusal to apologize, degradation and disparaging comments to the Yoruba Obas on the 15th September, 2023 at Iseyin, Oyo State: A Total Sacrilege.”
The group also noted that strict legal measures would be carried out against the ex-President.
They also noted that they “shall mobilize all market women, youths and leaders of thoughts for onward sanitization and compliance to our declaration forthwith.”