On Saturday, Obasanjo delivered the advise at a ceremony honoring Nteranya Sanginga, the director-general of the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA), and his wife, Charlotte, with the chieftaincy titles of Aare and Yeye Aare Afurugbin-Ola.
The celebration took place at the ooni’s palace in Ile Ife, Osun state.
As a father to all, the former president claimed lawmakers will approach the monarch for support in the 2023 elections, but the most he can do is “pray for such a person and let him go.”
All the sons and daughters of Yorubaland, no matter where they are or their standpoint, will come to meet you. This is expected because you are the father of all,” Obasanjo said.
“Anyone of them who says that he is interested in politics, just pray for him and let them go. Anyone who approaches you and says that he wants to be president or governor, just pray for such a person and let him go.
“Don’t direct Yoruba people to support any aspirant, as we don’t all go in the same direction, which is part of our strength in Yorubaland.”