Bello told the Ooni that the visit was at the instance of the acting EFCC Chairman, Mr Ibrahim Magu, in ensuring that crime rate was brought to a minimal level in the country.
He added that the commission would intensify its efforts in the area of the campaign against corruption in order to disabuse the minds of the youths from engaging in cybercrime.
The EFCC zonal head noted that some of the youths who have been found culpable of cybercrime, after being reformed, have been found useful in helping the commission to crack down on others still in such illegal dealings.
In his remarks, Oba Ogunwusi advised the anti-graft agency not to be one-sided but remain neutral in its fight against crimes and corruption in the country.
He also urged the commission not to allow politicians to push it against the will of the people, stressing that its actions and inactions were being monitored by the public.
The traditional ruler asked the EFCC to create a unit where youths who have been arrested for cybercrimes can be reformed and utilise their skills in positive ways.
The Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris on Thursday visited the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, and called for support from traditional rulers for peaceful and successful conduct of the forthcoming elections in the state.
He also noted that Nigeria Police is committed to ensuring that the 2019 general elections will be peaceful and geared towards the actualisation of true democracy.
“I want to thank you all for the reception you have accorded me and I promise you all that by the grace of God we are going to have a peaceful and credible election by next year in all parts of the country.
“I am presently in the core home of the Yoruba’s and I urge traditional rulers here, lets help to create an atmosphere of peace among our subjects,” he said.
Oba Ogunwusi in response called for active collaboration between the police and residents to ensure the sustainability of peace ahead of the 2019 General Elections.
He added that it is the duty of Nigerians to partner and work closely with the leaders to maintain peace in the nation.
“Let us work with the police authority in this nation and project this nation in a positive way. Let us go into the elections peacefully and not sell the future of the generation yet unborn.
“The Inspector General of police is here with us today, let us work with him. The police are human beings like and they are here to ensure that their service to their fatherland is being executed and implemented properly,” the Ooni said.
The monarch also advocated job creation for the youths stressing that this is the best way to secure the future of the nation.
The Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has cautioned against blacklisting the African cultural heritage saying the culture and traditions of the African people especially Yoruba race remains the best in the world.
The Africa’s topmost monarch gave the warning on Sunday during the celebration of Osara annual festival, in Ile-Ife.
He frowned at the ignorance of those who mistake cultural celebration for idol worshiping, saying that it’s only a way of is edifying God, for all rituals go to the Almighty God who remains the only God of gods.
According to him, Ile-Ife is a land of mysteries which should be adequately acknowledged, saying that is why these festivals are being rejuvenated and showcased to the world in appreciation to the goodness of God with a view to profitably enhancing the continent’s socio-economic development through tourism.
The royal father explained that one essential thing God created for human sustainability is water, saying that OSARA was a deity that has relevance with Lagoon in Lagos state. He reaffirmed that water is an indispensable companion needed by everyone to function as a human being.
According to him, Osara is called “OSA” in Lagos which is known as Lagoon with its source at Ile-Ife, the cradle of Yoruba, stating that whatever happens inside Osara River in Ile-Ife will reflect in the Lagoon and it will be notified from the source.
He therefore called on all and sundry to cherish the culture, tradition and heritage, inherited from our ancestors for the benefit of mankind and other generations coming.
Meanwhile, Mrs Phoenix Savage, the Yeye Olomo Osara who came from Missisipi, USA, lauded Ooni Ogunwusi for promoting Yoruba tradition and cultural heritage.
“I came to Ile-Ife for Osara festival from Mississippi in America so as to play my role as Chief Priest in US. I urge all to support the efforts of Oba Ogunwusi in promoting the Yoruba culture.” Phoenix Savage said.
The Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Ogunwusi (Ojaja II), has been described as the Oduduwa re-incarnate by the the Alayemore of Ido-Osun, Oba Adedapo Aderemi.
Oba Aderemi praised the Ooni for celebrating Obalufon Ogbogbodirin the father of his own ancestor Obalufon Alayemore.
He made the observation on Thursday at the unveiling ceremony of Obalufon Ogbogbodirin Statue and grand-finale celebration of Obalufon Festival, 2016, at the Ile-Oodua palace in Ile-Ife.
Oba Aderemi, who is also the secretary of South-West council Obas told the gathering that Obalufon Ogbogbodirin as a hero gave birth to another hero Obalufon Alayemore who had founded several of today’s Yoruba towns including Ido-Osun.
“Yes they are both heroes worthy of this celebration. My progenitor, Ooni Obalufon Alayemore, succeeded his father Ooni Obalufon Ogbogbodirin, he founded my kingdom Ido-Osun, having been driven out by Oranmiyan who had just returned from his sojourns where had earlier gone to establish many Kingdoms, he forcefully succeeded him as Ooni.
“Apart from Ido-Osun, my father, Alayemore, also founded other towns like Ifon Osun, Ilara, Erin Efon-Alaaye and other towns in Ekiti before he came back here (Ile-Ife) to succeed Oranmiyan making him the only Ooni who was crowned twice,” Oba Alayemore said.
Indications Of Oduduwa Re-incarnation
He commended Ooni Ogunwusi for preaching peaceful co-existence among the Yoruba traditional rulers, acknowledging him to have visited Alafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi twice within a year of his reign not minding his status as the father of all Oduduwa children all over the world.
Oba Aderemi stated further that within a year, Ooni Ogunwusi had transformed Ile-Ife beyond any imagination, adding that the Ooni’s giant strides in infrastructural development, agricultural revolution, cultural tourism, empowerment for the youths, the aged and widows among others were enough indications of Oduduwa re-incarnation and will remain appreciated by the entire Yoruba race.
“This is unprecedented. I am not surprised that Ooni is reforming these deities’ statues because the previous Oonis from Oduduwa were also known for unprecedented giant strides, let me remind you all here that his great-grandfather, the Ojaja I, was responsible for the first documentation of the history of kingship system in Yoruba around 1883.
“I must also commend the humility of his leadership. Despite the fact he is the spiritual leader of Yoruba race, he has been travelling to meet other Yoruba monarchs in their various palaces without claiming any supremacy” he stated.
The traditional ruler lauded Ooni Ogunwusi for his development and unity of Yorubaland and human race, to the extent of taking his peace and unity campaign to foreign countries such as UK, Ghana, Australia, USA, Germany, Canada and the Caribbeans for impactful partnership.
He averred that ‘Ooni Ogunwusi is Oduduwa’ and has come to complete the unfinished work of his ancestors as the current father of all Yoruba traditional rulers, maintaining that the new Ooni was selected by trinity so as to civilise his community and to bring into remembrance the past glory of Yoruba land.
According to him, no fewer than 401 deities existed globally, but Ife took 201 in which Ooni is the only existing living deity among them all for which he deserves to be duly honoured and respected.
Also, the Obalara of Ifeland, Oba Olugbenga Fadoyin, commended Ooni Ogunwusi for celebrating the past powerful ancestors that showcase the existence of humanity.
Fadoyin said that Obalufon was a great hero who used all his life for the safety of Yorubas adding that the work of art started from the cradle of Yorubas in his time as Ooni of Ife.
Detailed Historical Account
On his part, the Obalufe of Iremo-Ife, Oba Idowu Adediwura, applauded Oba Ogunwusi for promoting Yoruba culture and uplifting work of his forefathers.
Adediwura urged indigenes of Ife and Yorubaland to support the African foremost monarch so as to take Ife and Oodua race to its promise land.
In his remarks, the Ooni thanked the traditional rulers and other guests who witnessed the occasion, stating that Obalufon played a pivotal role across the world which calls for his celebration at all time.
He gave a detailed historical account, saying Obalufon Ogbogbodinrin was created in his special way by God and lived a very special life particularly in the area of arts and fabrics.
“Ile Ife has been a city state with unprecedented socio-economic significance and a sophisticated kingship system (Oduduwa Monarchy model) thousands of years before Christ. Obalufon alayemore was the fifth Ooni of Ife and the son of Ooni Obalufon Ogbogbodirin the fourth Ooni, they were from the lineage of Osangangan Obamakin the Second Ooni of Ife.
“Obalufon Ogbogbodirin reigned for centuries and was transfigured into a metal figurine as he ages, thus becoming a deity and holds the spiritual classified codes for Ooni’s long reign.
“His son, Obalufon Alayemore’s reign was marked with the first ever renaissance recorded in human history (pre-dating the Carolingian renaissance of 8th -9th century) evident in the artifacts and ancient technological exploits that was credited to his historic tenure.
“He was the grand patron of arts, science and technology with kin value for intellectual excellence and artistic intricacies, urbanization, economic revolution, standardization of career paths, conflict resolution, wages and salary system”.
“Obalufon Alayemore was also deemed to have established many other towns and cities like Ido Osun, Efon Alaye, Erin and many more.
“Obalufon Alayemore created new city plan for Ile-Ife with construction of several temples and building of city walls which economically enhanced cosmopolitan state of Ife. Bronze casting and all forms of alloys and metals crafts, glass beads and other jewels got to its peak of refinement during his reign further making Ife a commercial hub.
“Obalufon Alayemore was transformed into a stone effigy when his reign was ended by conspiracy associated with traditional and political complexes.
“Obalufon shrine till date plays an important role in the Installation of the Ooni, as Aare crown must be blessed in his shrine before it could adore the head of the new Ooni”. Ooni Ogunwusi stated,” Oba Ogunwusi told the gathering.
The Ooni had earlier described the unveiling of Obalufon statue as another remarkable day in the history of Ife, Yoruba and the entire black race, saying that all the ancestors needed to be celebrated, having gone through their history when they were alive.
He charged the Yorubas to always promote their culture and heritage which he said were the next solution to economically move Nigeria forward.
There is an ongoing battle of supremacy between the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, and Olugbo of Ugbo Kingdom in Ondo State, Oba Obateru Akinruntan, over which throne is the monarchical seat of power in Yorubaland and the origin of Oduduwa, the so-called progenitor of Yoruba people.
This controversy is seen in statements made by the two leaders overs issues they have diverse view on.
In reaction to statements made by the Ooni at the unveiling of Moremi Ajasoro’s statue weeks ago, Oba Akinruntan attacked the Ooni of Ife for describing the woman as a heroine.
The Ugbo monarch disagreed with the Ooni, who described Moremi as a goddess when he recently unveiled a 42-foot statue in her honour.
To the Ondo monarch, Moremi was a traitor who betrayed her husband, Osangangan Obamakin.
But in a swift reaction, the Ife monarch said Olugbo did not have deep knowledge of Yoruba history.
In a statement issued by the Olugbo-in-Council, the Olugbo said: “We, the Olugbo–in–Council, found such (Ooni’s remarks about Moremi) unguarded statements and historical fallacy disturbing, particularly when such emanated from a monarch who is expected to be a custodian of history, customs and traditions of Yorubaland. We hereby state categorically that we are Ugbos, the aboriginal settlers and owners of Ile-Ife.
“Our forefathers descended from heaven, that is why we are called ‘Ugbo Atorunwo’.
“We are not Ibos (Igbos), who are from the South-East, and who have their own clearly researched and defined ancestry. To set the record straight, Moremi remains a traitor. She was a slave captured by Ugbo warriors during one of their many raids on Ile-Ife. She later became the wife of Osangangan Obamakin, the son of Oranfe, who was the paramount ruler of over 13 aboriginal communities of ancient Ugbomokun, which later came to be called Ile- Ife”.
The statement further read: “Oduduwa came to Ugbomokun as a stranger and was welcomed in Ilero, the aboriginal palace of Osangangan Obamakin, which is still in existence in present-day Iremo, in Ile Ife. During the dynastic struggles, Osangangan Obamakin was directed by the oracles (Ifa and Osanyin) to leave Ile Ife. Moremi betrayed her husband’s trust when she exposed the secret of the Ugbo warriors’ gallantry.
“Popular history states that Oduduwa, the progenitor of the Ooni, migrated from the East/Mecca. In another account by the Oba of Benin, recently, Oduduwa came from Benin. We ask that the Ooni should confirm his ancestral roots. It is also of importance to note that in the ancient custom of Yoruba, an incumbent king must have no living father. Also, no man from a female lineage of a ruling house is qualified to sit on the throne”.
But the ooni of Ife, Oba Ogunwusi, who spoke through the Director of Public Affairs of the Ooni’s Palace, Moses Olafare, said the Ooni would not dignify the Olugbo with an answer because he was more focused on achieving unity among all Yoruba people and would not allow himself to be distracted.
The Ooni insisted that Moremi was a heroine, who deserved accolade because of the role she played in the liberation of Ife people from some “faceless terrorists”.
“This outburst of Olugbo can only be viewed by well-meaning people as a pitiable act of absurdity that doesn’t deserve serious attention by serious people. How on earth could a Yoruba king refer to Moremi as a traitor because she used her power as a woman to liberate her people from incessant invasions by some faceless terrorists?
“Most paramount on the mind of His Imperial Majesty, Ooni Adeyeye Ogunwusi Ojaja II, with the unflinching support of the Alaafin, baba; the Awujale; the Alake; the Orangun; the Deji; the Ewi; the Osemawe; the Olubadan; the Oba of Lagos; and other relevant peace-loving monarchs in Yorubaland and in other parts of the country is and remains the much-needed progress of Yoruba nation which can only be achieved through peace and unity.
“It is a pity that at this time when everybody is tired of retrogressive royal discord, the Olugbo, who claims to be the Chairman of Yoruba Obas Committee on Peace and Reconciliation, has suddenly without a deep knowledge of Yoruba history, woken up to see royal controversy as the only tool for cheap publicity,” the statement read.