Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Thursday urged the traditional rulers in Yorubaland to use their exalted offices to further develop their domain and not to engage in needless supremacy battle among themselves.
Obasanjo, who deplored the supremacy battle among Yoruba monarchs, said the Obas must respect the throne they occupy and guard it jealously.
The ex – President spoke on Thursday when the new Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, visited him at his residence on Presidential Hilltop, Abeokuta, Ogun State.
He lamented that the “I am greater than you in throne” syndrome among some royal fathers had drawn Yorubaland backward over the years.
He urged them to always put good governance and welfare of their people first rather than engaging in an unnecessary rivalry among themselves.
He said: “I think that what is more important is to give good governance to the citizens and also have mutual respect for ourselves. When I was President and even now, I usually accord respect to all presidents, particularly to the ones with small populations.
“I do this because I realised that no matter how densely populated a country might be, it has the same one vote at the United Nations just as a country with smaller population.
“For instance Nigeria with a population of about 180 million has the same one vote with a country such as Sao Tome with a population of 150, 000.”
(Source: THE NATION)