Nigerians react as Alaafin of Oyo declines First lady, Aisha Buhari's handshake


26 Jun 2016

Nigerians react as Alaafin of Oyo declines First lady, Aisha Buhari's handshake

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Pictures of the wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, trying to shake hands with the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, which the monarch snubbed is already making rounds on the internet with different reactions pouring in .

The photos formed major discourse on social media

The photos, which were posted on the monarch’s Facebook page, showed Mrs. Buhari trying to shake the hand of the king at an occasion in Borno State.

Oba Adeyemi is the Chancellor of the University of Maiduguri.

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Since the photos went viral, they have elicited various reactions from social media users, some of whom felt the monarch snubbed the wife of the president, while others thought her shaking hands with the monarch was disrespectful.

Abdussalam De’eburnian, on the monarch’s Facebook page said, “Iku baba yeye (Alaafin) fears a woman’s handshake.”

But Abayomi Oloyede and others did not see the photos as being funny. Oloyede accused Buhari’s wife of bad manners in trying to give the monarch a handshake.

He said, “No manners because she is the President’s wife. Yoruba people respect the culture. Can she do that to Emir of Kano or the Emir of Katsina?”

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On the NigerianEye Facebook page, Babatunde Alexander Michael said 'It is totally against the tradition and culture of Yoruba land to have handshake with kings.Even high prominent like OBJ prostrates before young Ooni of Ile-Ife'

Bekere Becky Afaka stated 'She knows culture even more ,women in the north don't raise hands for a handshake,she was just being arrogant! Can she shake d emir of kano? Alafin even tried, he politely held both of her hands in correction,mild correction.
Where in Nigeria and even London,does a woman make the first move to shake a king? She got it all wrong!!!!!!'

Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose’s media aide, Lere Olayinka, commenting on the photos, said on Twitter, “Can Aisha Buhari greet the Emir of Daura with a handshake as she is doing here to the Iku Baba Yeye, Alaafin of Oyo?

Eze Eziokwu, @Tomyboiz, said, “Aisha Buhari is very disrespectful. How can she extend a hand to the great Alaafin of Oyo?”

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Sega L’éveilleur, @segalink, said it was a “Sacrilege; how uncouth can you be, trying to shake the Alaafin? Do you shake your Emirs?”

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News Source: Nigerian Eye, 9jaTales

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