Ooni on historic visit to Alaafin, promises unity
By; Bayo Akamo, Ibadan
The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi has made a historic visit to Oyo and declared that his mission is to work with the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Olayiwola Adeyemi and other traditional rulers to ensure peace in Yorubaland and Nigeria in general.
Oba Ogunwusi said this while speaking in Oyo town during a historic visit to Alaafin Of Oyo, Oba Olayiwola Adeyemi at his palace to join him in celebrating his 45th coronation anniversary on the throne.
Oba Ogunwusi stressed that as the Ooni, he is set “to preach peace among nations of Yoruba both home and abroad,” adding that “and I am ready to project the unity and love which we believe is existing in days of our forefathers”.
“I am here today though not invited but as the Arole Oduduwa, the onus is on me to felicitate with all sons and daughters wherever they are and to show my solidarity for any of them. I am ready to damn any consequences or insinuations from anywhere; my mission here is to preach peace among nations of Yoruba both home and abroad and I am ready to work with Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Olayiwola Adeyemi to project the unity and love which we believe exist in the days of our forefathers,” he said.
The royal father maintained that for now, his topmost agenda “is to unify all Yoruba sons and daughters across the nation all over the world”
through the support of all Obas in Yoruba land, and in Nigeria by extension.
The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Olayiwola Adeyemi while speaking expressed happiness with the presence of Ooni and all Obas in Yorubaland, adding that if monarchs in Yorubaland unite, there will be a tremendous progress in Nigeria.
“This special visit was done last in March 1937, that was the first time the kings in Yorubaland met in Oyo town and today history was made with the visit of Arole Oodua Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II and I feel delighted to host you and to reassure you that I will be ready to work with you. I have a tight relationship with Ooni Adesoji Aderemi and I did not want to relent my bound with any Ooni of Ife that assumed the post but everybody has his own little differences,” he said.
Bishop of Oyo Diocese, Methodist Church Nigeria Rt, Rev, Titus Ilori Omoniyi in his sermon said unity among Yoruba nation will bring progress and development and this will lead to unprecedented progress to all nations, adding that the “Ooni has made an unforgettable visit in history of Yorubaland and I laud your 11 points which centered on youth empowerment programmes and cultural drive and implore all Obas to emulate the Arole Oodua, Enitan and drive away poverty and crime”
He then prayed for Alaafin’s successful reign in Oyo town and pray for journey mercies to Ooni of Ife and the over 100 monarchs that followed him to grace Alaafin’s thanksgiving service
He appealed to all the followers to embrace peace as the Lord Jesus Christ symbolizes peace and tranquility.
Also, Bishop Ayo Ladigbolu while speaking said he was shocked with the unscheduled visit of Ooni of Ife, saying, “it is a great day for all Yoruba Obas and all Yoruba nations”.
“This phenomenon is epoch with the presence of all the royal dignitaries in attendance because I have never seen any event where these large number of Obas were present at a time,” he said.
Oba Ogunwusi was accompanied to the 45th thanksgiving service by over 100 monarchs across all Yoruba land including the Orangun of Ila, Ajero of Ijero. Timi Of Ede, Akinrun of Ikinrun, Olu of Yewa, Alara of Aramoko, Oore of Otun, Alayemore of Efon Alaye among others.