In the wake of the recent controversy surrounding former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s comments at an event in Iseyin, Oyo state, his wife, Taiwo Obasanjo, has stepped forward to offer a heartfelt apology to the Yoruba kings, the entire Yoruba race, and all those who felt aggrieved by his remarks. The incident, which has sparked outrage and demands for an apology, has prompted Taiwo Obasanjo to publicly seek forgiveness on behalf of her family and husband.
In a statement titled “Oyo Kings: A plea for forgiveness,” Mrs Taiwo Obasanjo expressed her deep concern and remorse over how her husband addressed the Yoruba kings. She appealed for permanent and eternal forgiveness and pardon from all Yoruba sons and daughters, leaders, and the Council of Kings in Yoruba land.
A Mother’s Humble Appeal
Taiwo Obasanjo emphasized her role as a mother, wife, and grandmother within the Yoruba culture. She acknowledged that the way her husband addressed the monarchs was not acceptable to God, the Yoruba race, or the throne of Kingship. She stressed that such public humiliation should not be repeated by any leader in Yoruba land.
Lessons from History
Taiwo Obasanjo drew on examples from history and the Bible to highlight the importance of humility and respect, even in the face of disagreements or misunderstandings. She emphasized that protocols and corrections should be conducted privately, respectfully, and with love and friendliness.
Highlighting the importance of monarchy, Taiwo Obasanjo noted that it was an institution established by God before the emergence of political governments. She emphasized that the kings of Yoruba land should be accorded the respect and honour they deserve as traditional custodians of the culture and heritage.
In her closing remarks, Taiwo Obasanjo made it clear that her apology came from a place of sincerity and genuine remorse. She reiterated her request for forgiveness and pleaded with the Yoruba community not to take revenge on her family for her husband’s actions.
The controversy surrounding former President Obasanjo’s comments in Iseyin, Oyo state, serves as a reminder of the importance of respect, humility, and reconciliation in our interactions with one another, especially when it involves matters as significant as culture and tradition. Taiwo Obasanjo’s public apology is a step towards healing and understanding, and it underscores the timeless value of seeking forgiveness and maintaining the unity and dignity of a people. In the spirit of reconciliation, we hope that this gesture fosters harmony and unity among all parties involved.
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