By Daud Olatunji
ABEOKUTA—Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, yesterday, condemned rivalry for supremacy among traditional rulers in the South-West.
Obasanjo spoke while hosting the new Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, at his Hilltop Residence in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
The former President, who described the hierarchical tussle as “a distraction which could result in setback,” noted that good governance and welfare of their subjects should be paramount to them.
He explained that the monarchs should jealously guard the honour accorded to their offices and also demonstrate mutual respect for each other.
His words: “I think that what is more important is to give good governance to the citizens and also 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 populations.
“I do this because I realise 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 few people. For instance Nigeria with a population of about 180 million has the same vote with Sao Tome, whose population is 150,000.”
In his response, the Olubadan commended Obasanjo for his role in his emergence as the 41st Olubadan.
He called for unity among the monarchs in Yorubaland as part of efforts to move the race forward.