Former Lagos State Governor and APC National Leader, Bola Tinubu has declared that most Obas in Yoruba Land are useless and money mongers, stating that they are always willing to sell-out.
The APC leader added that in the entire Yoruba land, upright Obas are not more than five.
The former governor of Lagos State spoke last Friday in Ijebu-Ode during a special prayer session held at the Central Mosque in the city to mark the 80th birthday of the Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Kayode Adetona, the Ogbagba II. Tinubu extolled the doggedness of the paramount ruler.
His speech was a response to information that several Yoruba Obas have pledged their support for the re-election of President Jonathan. Most of the Obas during the President’s visits to them assured him of their support on the ground that they will not allow Tinubu to trade with the Yoruba race in his relationship with the north.
Tinubu narrated that, “I remember in 1991, 1992 and 1993 during the military junta, when the Yoruba was the target of the then government. They thought they could silence you, they planned to kill you, they planned to remove you through a local government, but they failed. They did it to Sultan of Sokoto and they succeeded.
“You stood by us, you stood by the truth and despite all humiliation, depression and attack, you remained resolute.
“I will never forget when you invited us to your palace for one of our meetings. When we got there and we were about to commence our meeting, we were told that soldiers have surrounded the palace with guns. You told us then that there was no problem and we should continue our meeting.
“You said they don’t know that there are many ways into the palace. After our meeting, you opened another door for us and nothing happened to us.
“You are not part of the useless Obas in Yorubaland who will sell out, we know them and it is not yet time to mention names. In Yorubaland today, you are the best monarch and that is not contestable. The good Obas’ in Yorubaland, who are forthright, firm and stand by the truth are not up to five, they are just three. Oba Awujale, Oba Akiolu and another. May you live long in good health and abundant God blessing.”