The Oluwo of Iwoland in Osun State, Oba Abdulrasheed Adewale Akanbi has faulted the claim of the Esogban of Benin who said the Ooni of Ife is a son of the Oba of Benin, and that the stool of the Oba of Benin could not be compared with that of any Yoruba king. Akanbi made this known in a recent interview, saying “Ooni of Ife remains the number one ranking Yoruba oba.” According to Oba Adewale Akanbi, “The Ooni is the first monarch in the South-West; even in Nigeria, he is the number one monarch. The power behind the monarch is so powerful that it depends on the person on the throne, that is, if the person understands the culture, history and how to compose it.
“That throne is great; anyone who sits on that throne today must be respected as the father of the Yoruba. That throne is great; anyone who sits on that throne today must be respected as the father of the Yoruba. That is the respect they will give to their progenitor. How can the great-grandson of Oduduwa be the number one in ranking.? Okanbi was one of the Oduduwa’s sons and he gave birth to Oranmiyan who was the father of Eweka who was the father of the Benin monarch.
“How is it possible for a great-grandson of Oduduwa to now be greater than his father in order of seniority? That is not possible.The Ooni is the father of the Yoruba. Even Oranmiyan from Oyo became the sixth Ooni. Anyone occupying that sit holds the status of the progenitor. If anyone wants to fight for the throne, like Oba of Benin, all he needs to do is to state the ruling family he belongs to. If he wants to claim the stool, he should come back home as Oranmiyan’s son; if he doesn’t do that, he cannot get the stool.”