Relative ability and character as keywords for the new Ooni

What is going on with my royal family isn’t anything to write home about. Everyday it gets murkier, it isn’t giving anyone joy.

It has been over a month now since the passing of Oba Okunade Sijuade, yet there is no agreement on which ruling house to present credible princes. If chiefs and princes can not agree on a ruling house, I can not imagine how messy this would get when selecting a single prince amongst many within a ruling house.

Oba Okunade Sijuade was on the throne for almost 35 years, I would think that is enough time to have ironed out who the next Oba should be.

As if that is not bad enough, Chief Omisakin is now fast running out of words to qualify the next Ooni.

Today, the new qualifiers, a prince with Relative Ability.

“Whoever will emerge should just have, relative ability, character. The kingmakers will determine who has the relative ability. They are the ones the law allows to determine who has relative ability.” The Obalufe of Ife, Oba Solomon Omisakin.

‘Relative ability’ – I suppose it is safe to choose words that people (like me) would not pick on but when did Nigeria powerful chiefs ever have to be careful with their words?

Anyway, according to the Punch newspaper article, the new king should emerge in the next 40 days – yeah!.

I really do hope that day comes soon as ruling houses dragging each other to court as one of them is planning on doing tomorrow is embarrassing and makes one wonder why do they want to be the king so bad?

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