Dignitaries Storm Ile-Ife As 51st Ooni Gets Staff Of Office

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Updated December 7, 2015

OoniNigeria’s Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has asked the new Ooni of Ife, His Majesty Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi to work for the unity of Yorubas both within Nigeria and in diaspora.

Vice President Osinbajo offered the advice to the paramount ruler on Monday at the official presentation of staff of office to the 51st Ooni of Ife.

The traditional monarch’s inauguration ceremony, which held in Ile Ife, Osun State, was witnessed by traditional rulers as well as political and tribal leaders.

“As we celebrate and experience the pump and pageantry of the cult of Ooni and the expression in songs and dance of the ancient folklore of the proud people of this cradle of Yoruba civilization, we are reminded of the weightier matter of the great responsibility that has to be on His Royal Majesty, the new Ooni,” Professor Osinbajo said.

Past and present governors of Osun, Oyo, Ogun, Lagos; leaders of the APC, captains of industries, traditional rulers from the southwest states, the Sultan of Sokoto, Dein of Agbor and the Obong of Calabar amongst others were not left out of the ceremony.

The Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, said, “Kingship appointment is not an ordinary one and by our culture and tradition, the King rules on behalf of the gods.

“He is therefore accountable not just to men but also to the gods as well, for good governance and sustenance of the legacies of the past 50 kings before him.”

Other dignitaries also took turns to deliver their goodwill messages laden with calls for peace, unity and responsibility for the youths, and the Ooni himself in his speech assured well-wishers that he was aware of the responsibilities bestowed on him.

“If we have leadership there will be followership, the two go hand in hand. You cannot be king over animals nor plants, it has to be human beings,” he said.