The governor of Ekiti State, Biodun Oyebanji, has sparked reactions on social media with viral pictures of him prostrating to elder statesman Afe Babalola.
The pictures show Governor Oyebanji lying flat on the floor as a deep-rooted cultural greeting in the Yoruba nation.
Many Nigerians have commended the governor for his cultural respect, while others have called for him to translate such gestures into good governance.
The act of prostrating is seen as a reflection of the strong cultural values held in Ekiti State.
Overall, the pictures have generated a mix of appreciation for cultural traditions and expectations for effective leadership.
“I am from Ekiti State, and here is my governor, a man I call BAO, greeting, Afe Babalola SAN, another Ekiti man and elder statesman, in the Yoruba way, as it should be. We are wired and trained to always greet & accord our superior with the utmost respect. Proud of you, Governor BAO.”
“Omoluabi Governor @biodunaoyebanji a role model to the generations of Ekiti.”
“I hope he is effective in his role as Gov because greetings are not character.”
“The way we are trained in Ekiti. We never allow the position to override the strong values we hold. Well done, my dear Governor. You will always be honoured too. God bless Ekiti State.”
“Idobale ki ise iwa! It’s not how low you prostrate or courtesy that determines if you respect the person! I appreciate the culture that demands this, but the state of the heart is much more important!”
“Culture is key”.