*Attends official launch of Isese Day in Brazil
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Ooni of Ife and Co-Chairman, National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria (NCTRN), Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi has declared that African descendants worldwide cannot afford to be divided again.
Ooni Ogunwusi said this on Tuesday in Brazil, while addressing a special parliamentary session organized in his honour at the Federal House of Representatives Chamber in Brasilia
According to the Ooni who was in Brazil as Royal Guest of Honour at the official launching of annual African Religion Day (ISESE DAY), the time has come for unity of African descendants across the world irrespective of our colour, race, religious and cultural differences”.
” We cannot afford to be divided again. We are one, irrespective of colour and race. President Lula is our pride, he remains determined to do well for Africa, and you must support him with legislations helpful to his mission for Africa. That’s all I beg of you if truly we are one big family”, he
Ooni Ogunwusi added, ” What we need now is to unite for growth of all persons and be good to all regardless of religious and cultural differences. Look at the good-looking Afro-Brazilians in this chamber who have stormed here to honour me”.
” They all look like my first cousins back home in Nigeria and in other African countries, we are one people and the earlier we recognize the strength in our unity the better for us all”.
The royal father maintained “I am sitting on an ancient throne of over hundreds of centuries, a sacred throne of the Kingdom where most of you all migrated from. Beyond here in Brasil, I am delighted to inform you that you all have a home in my Kingdom and there are free lands for you to come and build your homes across Africa”.
Ooni Ogunwusi stressed further, ” I vow never to forget you, you are a major part of us in my Kingdom of Ile-Ife and we hope to receive you home soon as possible , in fact ,I have deliberately mapped out free land for you all to come and live, invest and reside.”
He however, urged the legislative arm of Brazilian government to support President Lula with necessary pro Afro-Brazilian legislations.
Welcoming Ooni Ogunwusi, the Parliament’s Deputy Speaker, Hon. Deputado Vicentinho Requerente, described the Ooni as a caring father whom the Afro-Brazilian community holds in a very high esteem, saying, “Your presence here today has added to the dignity of people of African origin in Brazil and this day will remain a history making day for life.”
At the official launching of annual African Religion Day(ISESE DAY) held at the banquet hall President’s office in Brasilia, Ooni Ogunwusi said Afro-Brazilians like their other counterparts in Brazil have done a lot to prove their love and support for the country, urging President Lula not to renege on his promise of an inclusive pro African government.
“I can remember very vividly when your visit to Nigeria in 2003 during the former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s term, you still have the love and respect of the African people. We have you in our prayers and we pray that the Almighty Olodumare (God) continues to be with you, with your darling wife who is my daughter and your administration. Africa is proud of you.
Responding, President Lula da Silva lauded Ooni Ogunwusi for his mission towards reunification of not just the Afro-Brazilians but also Africans worldwide which he believes means well for the global peace.
President Lula stated that efforts of the Afro-Brazilians towards nation building in Brazil can not be over emphasized, and that his government is committed to strengthening the ties between Brazil and Africa which is the home continent of his people.