Oluwo Of Iwo Faces Criticism For Unveiling Head In Mecca

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Oluwo Of Iwo Faces Criticism For Unveiling Head In Mecca

Oluwo Of Iwo Faces Criticism For Unveiling Head In Mecca—-Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, the Oluwo of Iwo, has sparked controversy after being seen with his head uncovered during a prayer session in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

The monarch was in Makkah praying for peace, longevity, and mercy, and shared a video of this moment on social media.

The video drew mixed reactions, as it is traditionally expected for a Yoruba king to keep his head covered, especially in public. One follower, @fabricsbyarinola, questioned, “I thought a king must not open their head in public?”

Another user, @acube321, expressed disapproval, saying, “Kabiesi oooo, sir you are not supposed to open your head. You can’t be the custodian of Yoruba culture and still worship in the Arab way. This is intriguing. You are demeaning our culture, sir. This is too bad sir.”

Despite the backlash, some supported the Oluwo’s actions. @nadee_a_kitchen_treat commented, “See my hometown king. Everybody is equal in the presence of Almighty Allah. Islam is beautiful. May Almighty Allah accept your worship.” Similarly, @fasasiwakeel added, “I am moved emotionally by the way he was praising the King of Kings. May the Almighty Allah answer your prayers.”

In addition to the head-covering controversy, the Oluwo faced criticism for another prayer he shared on social media. He prayed that, similar to the millions of Muslims who undertake the pilgrimage to Makkah, people will find no rest until they visited Iwo.

Critics questioned the attractions and infrastructure of Iwo that would draw global visitors.

(PUNCH)

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