Oluwo of Iwo land, Oba AbdulRasheed Adewale Akanbi Telu 1 has rubbished talks of Oduduwa being an Igbo.
Ohanaeze Ndigbo had claimed Oduduwa was from the Eastern part in reaction to Ooni of Ife Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi claims that Igbo people originated from Ile-Ife.
Ndigbo had said Odudunwa (last-born), later called Oduduwa was an Igbo prince who occupied Ile-Ife but the Yoruba regarded him as a god because he was very powerful and had magical powers.
The Oluwo of Iwo through his press secretary, Alli Ibraheem, said, “The Yoruba nation was founded by Oduduwa. He brought the first civilisation, which is the crown. Oduduwa demontrated an unequalled leadership. He was shrewd, peculiar, unparalleled, unmatched, quintessential and different. He served his people and became a rallying point for his services to humanity. He gave us the best tradition, so respectful and obedient. The Yoruba culture is rich, very beautiful and unblemished. It emanated from Oduduwa.”
“History is rich, necessary and must always be objective, because it is a foundation for the future. Worldwide, Yorubaland is the source of every natural crown. Our crowns are divinely ordained and sacred. It was brought by Oduduwa. And we owe him a duty to defend everything about him”, He concluded.