*as Ekiti, Moba, Awori indigenes visit Ife their ancestral home
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi has called on the Yoruba people to be united as members of one big family from the same source in Ile-Ife
Ooni Ogunwusi gave the charge in Ile Ife on Saturday while playing host to indigenes of Otun-Ekiti and descendants of Olofin Ogunfunminire, who visited Ile-Ife to reunite with their root.
The Ooni stressed that there is the need for descendants of Oduduwa, Yoruba in particular to be united as members of one big family from the same source in Ile-Ife.
According to Ooni Ogunwusi, it has been established that all towns and settlements across Yorubaland have their roots in Ife, and that objective research has equally revealed that the Yoruba people of South-West Nigeria have the oldest DNA, which is about 120,000 years.
“There is nothing like Yoruba in Ifa corpus, it is like an alias given to us. We are all from Ile-Ife, we are Ara’fe. Scientifically it has been proven that only the Yorubas that have the ghost DNA which gave the emergence to the likes of the sickle cell over 90 per cent of sickle cell history and genealogy is within us and our forbearance call them Abiku. The spirit and reincarnation of ghost spirit. You can hardly find that in the world”, he said.
Ooni Ogunwusi added, “at some point, we once lived together as one big happy family and the likes of Oore of Otun played a pivotal role as the spokesperson of Oduduwa, our progenitor, the thinking and thinktank”.
“We started the Parliamentary system.The meaning of Ajero is the Parliamentary structure where you debate, so this formed part of the things we are re-establishing today. We are reestablishing everything in Yoruba land today, like the kingship system and the dynasty of Oyo, Benin, Ila and others. Ila championed the Igbomina people being headed by Ifagbamila one of the sons of Oduduwa.” The Ooni explained.
The Oore of Otun-Ekiti and Paramount Ruler of the Moba people in Ekiti, Lagos and Kwara states, Oba Adekunle Adeagbo, who led hundreds of his subjects to Ile-Ife, said the event was an historic homecoming for sons and daughters of Otun-Ekiti and other Moba towns across Yorubaland.
Oba Adeagbo disclosed that the visit was equally to celebrate the ongoing five-year coronation anniversary of the Ooni of Ife who he said ” is the overall head of the Oodua race worldwide”.
“Historically like you have heard from our father, Ooni himself, we migrated from Ile-Ife to our current locations in Ekiti, Kwara and Lagos states. We decided to visit our home, Ile-Ife again to pay homage to my father the Ooni and reconnect with our ancestors”, he said.
Oba Adeagbo added, “this is my first homecoming as the Oore of Otun-Ekiti and it won’t be the last. The Ooni is a father to all of us in Yoruba land and we shall continue to rally round him. I am so happy and the only thing I can say is that I thank God almighty.” Oba Adekunle said.
Also, the Olota of Ota, Lagos State, Oba Abdul-Ganiyy Obalenge and other monarchs led several Awori chiefs and indigenes to Ife, during which Ooni Ogunwusi launched the Olofin Nations Assembly, to unite all Awori indigenes, who are descendants of Olofin Ogunfunminire.
Other royal father at the event included the Ajero of Ijero-Ekiti, Oba Joseph Adewole, Akeran Onimoba of Moba in Lagos state, Oba Razak Aliu Adisa, Alagbado of Agbado, Ogun state, Oba Adeayo Syllon, Aare OnaKakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams and Regent of Iseri-Olofin in Lagos State.