*Alaafin, Olubadan grace flag off of Ooni Ogunwusi 5th Coronation anniversary
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar on Friday asked all the traditional, religious and cultural leaders in and across Nigeria to close ranks and avoid being misled by “vanity of the world”.
Sultan Abubakar stated this in Ibadan while speaking at the 5th year anniversary of the installation of Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi as the Ooni of Ife held at Premier hotel to flag off activities line up for the one week anniversary.
According to the Sultan of Sokoto, anyone in leadership position and failed to do the needful will be accountable to Almighty Allah.
The Sultan however lauded Ooni Ogunwusi for his roles in ensuring unity among Nigerians, saying, “what you don’t know is that we have a lot of things in common. Out of 14 years I have spent on the throne, he became king five years ago and he has visited me in Sokoto five times”.
The Sultan said, “he came with so much energy at such an age that some people thought it might be difficult for him to handle the enormity of the throne, but God helped him. So far, my friend has been doing right
The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi while speaking prayed for Ooni Ogunwusi, saying as the Awujale has clocked 65 years on throne and he(Alaafin) will clock 50 years on the throne come January, God will give the Ooni longer years than some of the kings.
“My present prayer is that the Almighty God will endow you with strength and benevolence which some us enjoyed and are still enjoying. I will only appeal to Kabiyesi(Ooni) to be unrelenting in his efforts”, he said.
Oba Adeyemi while commending the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar for his courage with his comments that North is the most difficult place to live in the country, said he agreed totally with Alhaji Abubakar that North is a very difficult place to live in the country.
“You spoke truth to the authority that the worst place that is difficult to live is North. I commend your courage for saying that to the authority. Just after you said that, a traditional ruler was killed”.
The Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji while speaking through his Personal Assistant, Mr Deola Oloko encouraged Ooni to continue promoting unity and redouble his efforts at making peace.
The Ooni of Ife, Ooni Ogunwusi prayed that God should give him such a strength that Alaafin has, that after 50 years on the throne, he is still very agile, saying, within five years on the throne, he has experienced a lot, adding, prior to his installation as the Ooni, he had planned to strengthen cord of unity between him and Alaafin.
“Many wonder why we came to Ibadan to celebrate this when Ile-Ife is there, I told them Yoruba land belongs to all of us. We started the celebration from Ibadan because Premier Hotel is our common heritage.”he said
Ooni Ogunwusi prayed that God should give him such a strength that Alaafin has, that after 50 years on the throne, he is still very agile. thanked all the traditional rulers and other people that graced the event.
The event was graced by the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, Oloye Alaba Lawson, Iyalode of Egbaland, Oba Gbolahan Lawal, Oniru of Oniruland, His Royal Majesty, Oba Saheed Ademola, Elegushi of Ikate-Elegushi kingdom, Chief Abiodun Duro-Ladipo, wife of late Chief Duro Ladipo popularly called Sango, Mr Gbenga Adefaye, Editor-in-Chief, Vanguard Newspapers, former Minister of Communication, Barrister Adebayo Shittu, Oyo State Commissioner for Information, Dr Wasiu Olatunbosun and Oloye Lekan Balogun, Ekefa Olubadan of Ibadanland.