Ooni/Alaafin peace parley: ARG advocates annual Yoruba Traditional Rulers Conference
By; Bayo Akamo, Ibadan.
The Pan-Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere Renewal Group (ARG) has advocated an annual convening of Yoruba traditional rulers conference to foster unity within and among the Yoruba nation.
ARG made the call in a statement made available to journalists signed by its National Chairman, Hon. Olawale Oshun, on last Sunday’s historic visit of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi to the Alaafin of Oyo, Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi in Oyo.
The group maintained that the convocation of the conference will go a long way in fostering the much needed unity in Yorubaland as well as reinforcing the spirit of renewed brotherhood among the Yorubas.
“To further reinforce this renewed brotherhood among our Royal Fathers, ARG proposes the resuscitation of Yoruba Traditional Rulers Conference as a platform to revive and re-engage our traditional institutions, whilst making regional socioeconomic developmental integration the Conference’s main policy and advocacy agenda,” it said.
ARG pointed out that the unity and peace in Yorubaland has been the major concern of the group, saying, this is a project that ARG has been silently pursuing in the last few years.
“This is a project that ARG has been silently pursuing in the last few years and which has been broached to a number of frontline monarchs. ARG believes that the coming together of all our Royal Fathers under a unifying framework and defined intent will reinforce this new found unity of purpose and promote our unity, identity and history as a people”.
The group maintained that “Yoruba nation is blessed with several powerful kingship dynasties capable of bringing strength, pride and versatility of Yoruba people.
“No news has gladdened the heart of all Yoruba people at home and in the Diaspora in a long while like the visit of His Imperial Majesty, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi to His Imperial Majesty, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III on the occasion of the latter’s 45th coronation anniversary”.
ARG commended the two Monarchs for finally restoring the brotherhood between them.
The group however cautioned against attempt by those fanning embers of discord among the traditional rulers to desist from such immediately, saying, “we must therefore stop any futile comparison for which no basis or criteria exist. Rather, we must as a people celebrate our collective ancestral greatness built on our unique culture and values.
“ARG warns those who had benefited and hope to continue to do so knocking a supremacy mirage amongst our leading traditional institutions to learn from the humility of these two great monarchs who demonstrated clearly that greatness does not lie in mischief and pettiness.”