The Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdul-Rasheed Akanbi has disclosed that he never dropped the title of Oba for an Emir contrary to speculations.
Mr. Ali Ibrahim, the media aide to the monarch in a statement said that… “Oba Akanbi is an Oba for the nation, with special attachment to the Yorubas. He promotes Yoruba culture to the admiration of many youths.”
“Just because of Oluwo dress code today, many children are attracted to Yoruba culture of wearing aso ofi.”
“I said so (reference to being an emir) to integrate Nigeria nation as an indivisible entity. All working tools are available for the integration and unity of our dear country.”
“I’ve visited the North several times. Core Hausa hardly pronounce Yoruba words correctly. They call me emir when I am with them. Is there anything wrong in answering to such?”
“Even, the Hausa in Iwo here call me emir. Will I stop them from addressing me as such? No, I am a father to the nation, being a first-class paramount ruler.”