*hosts French Ambassador .
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Ooni of Ife and Co Chairman National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria (NCTRN), Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi on Sunday, asked world leaders to invest in humanity through researches and documentation of historical facts rather than spending on nuclear weapons.
Ooni Ogunwusi made the call on Sunday evening at his Ile-Oodua Palace in Ile Ife while playing host to a team of researchers led by the French Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Jerome Pasquier.
The Ooni stressed that there was no basis for the huge amount of resources invested in the procurement of war weapons which were items of destruction, adding that the world will be a better place for all if such is spent to advance nature through archeological and historical researches that can establish the links connecting various nations in the world as one family.
“Just recently, the French’s President, Mr. Emanuel Macron, visited Nigeria during which he stopped at some notable heritage sites including the famous musical shrine originated by the late Afro legend, our own Fella Anikulapo Kuti. I have always said we are of one family source, the Europeans too are now corroborating me.”, he said.
Ooni Ogunwusi added, ” the French government has been wonderful especially in ensuring that all our artifacts are returned to us in this part of Africa, they are working with us on this here in Ile-Ife, they are also working with the Benin kingdom. Of course you all know the strong relationship between the Benin Kingdom and we Yoruba people as direct descendants of Oduduwa who pioneered kingship in the world with this sacred throne I currently occupy as the AROLE OODUA and natural head of the Yoruba race worldwide.” .
The royal father stressed, “we are one people regardless of our cultural, racial, religious and social beliefs and the earlier we recognize this fact the better for us. Let us use our God given resources and potentials to document our history and research on archeology linking all of us together as one family even though separated by artificial national boundaries. These archeological items are useful for the unborn generations, rather than destroying ourselves with our own resources.”
Emphasizing that there is a strong cultural relationship between France and Nigeria especially on the basis of kingship, Ooni Ogunwusi lauded the visiting Ambassador and his team members for their commitment to the promotion of the prestigious African culture.
In his address, Ambassador Jerome Pasquier who was flanked by the French consular general, Mrs. Lawrence Nonnayrant, and other personalities disclosed that Ife kingdom occupies a huge place in history, and that such historical relevance could be a source of economic gain if maximized.
“We in the Europe, especially the French love this king and we follow his unity and peace efforts.It is good to embrace civilization, but it is much more important to keep the traditional culture intact and I am very happy to see that culture and tradition are well kept in this kingdom of Ife which is the ancestral home of the great Yoruba nation despite its current civilized state.” he said.