Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba (Dr.) Abdulrosheed Adewale Akanbi has reacted to the claim by Ohaneze Ndigbo that the founding father of Yoruba, Oduduwa was an Igbo prince.
In a statement by Oluwo’s press secretary, Alli Ibraheem, he said;
“Yoruba nation was founded by Oduduwa. Oduduwa brought the first civilization which is the crown.” Oduduwa demonstrated an unequalled leadership, shrewd, peculiar, unparalleled, unmatched, quintessential and different, served his people and became rallying point for his services to humanity.”
“He gave us the best tradition, so respectful and obedience. Yoruba culture is rich, very beautiful and unblemished emanated from Oduduwa. History is rich, necessary and must always be objective because it is a foundation to the future.”
“Worldwide, Yoruba land is the source of every natural crowns. Our crowns are spirit, divinely ordained and sacred. It was brought by Oduduwa. And we owe a duty as his progenitors to defend everything about him.”
“The fact that Odudunwa means last born in Igbo language does not made anyone bearing similar name Igbo born. Ours was Oduduwa meaning. ‘He came out black’. O-He, Dudu-black, Wa-Came.”
“Oduduwa was an immortal symbol of merit. Oduduwa was never a subject to anybody in West Africa. Our own Oduduwa was one different from your own Odudunwa meaning last born. We have countless last born in Yoruba called ‘Abikanhin’.”
“There may be many Odudunwa but only one Oduduwa. Oduduwa was the source of every natural crowns worldwide. He has been in existence even before traditional governance was extended to the Igbos. How then can you be a prince to what you preceded?”