Olusegun Obasanjo, a former President of Nigeria has warned traditional rulers in Yoruba land against an open endorsement of any political office seeker, adding that their role should end in offering prayers for whoever visits them to discuss politics.
He also told Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, not to direct Yoruba people to support any aspirant for political position, because the race was not known for following a single political party.
Obasanjo reportedly made this known at the palace of Ooni in Ile-Ife, where he joined dignitaries that include, ex Oyo State governor, Rasidi Ladoja, to witness the installation of the Director General of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Ibadan, Dr Nterenya Sanginga and his wife, Charlotte Kurara, as Aare and Yeye Afurugbin Ola of the source.
Obasanjo reportedly told Ooni to be wary of those that never wanted him to be installed when he was seeking the throne, but now sought his support to gain political favour, adding that people of the Yoruba race would never follow a single political party.
The former president also warned the Ooni to be careful with political office holders.
According to him, “I like your spirit. Those coming to meet you now, if God had permitted them, you would not be in this position and you know that. It is good to have forgiving spirit, but let us know what we are doing.”