Ooni Of Ife Cautions Against Incisive Words

Ooni Of Ife Cautions Against Incisive WordsThe last may not have been heard of the recent communal clash in the ancient city of Ile Ife, as reactions continue to trail the handling of investigations by the Police.

While one of the leaders of the Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, Mr Ayo Adebanjo, faults what he calls the “selective arrests made by the Police”, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, is calling for restrain on the matter.

While the Ooni Of Ife received Yoruba leaders at his palace in Osun State, the monarch wasted no time advising against the use of words capable of inciting people.

He said rather than resort to bulk passing on who or what led to the clash between the Yoruba and Hausa communities, those in positions of authority should concentrate on engaging the youths in gainful employment.

Need For Mutual Cohesion

The monarch noted that the usage of inflammatory statements could ignite chaos in other parts of the country, warning that the issue should not be politicised as Nigeria belongs to everybody irrespective of tribe or language.

He said there are thousands of Yoruba extraction in the North, as well as many of the northerners in the South-west and other parts of the South, which necessitated the need for mutual cohesion.

The Ooni of Ife described the South-west region as the least volatile and peaceful among many cities of the world, where Muslims and Christians live without acrimony for centuries.

“I want to thank and appreciate the efforts of Afenifere and their concern over this issue, they are part of us and I hold them in high esteem.

Where Were The Politicians?

‎”What happened in Ife is very unfortunate and I want to appeal to all youths that it should not be turned into politics; they should be very mindful of everything happening, they should all focus on youth emancipation and the welfare of the youth.

“The questions I want to ask the youths, irrespective of the tribe be it Yoruba, Hausa or Igbo; where were the politicians before now, did they ever come to Sabo before the incident, why are they coming now? So it’s very important for us to read between the lines.

“Every victim of that incident were all youths, so we should focus on how each and every youth will have gainful employment, it’s very important for us to live in peace and have peaceful coexistence.

“We Yorubas have people living in the north and we don’t want reprisal attacks, we should be patient. There is a lot of virtue in patience and we should all focus on how our lives will be better.

“Let’s ask our leaders to be accountable, enough of using youths for violence and other things that are not good in the society. So we should read between the lines and look beyond that, I believe the system will take care of the matter and I believe justice will be done at the end of the day,” Oba Ogunwusi said.

A Northern Police

Speaking to journalists after the visit, Mr Adebanjo said Afenifere felt the Police were biased in the arrest of some of the suspects indicted by the investigative panel set up by the Inspector General of Police.

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Mr Ayo Adebanjo

He urged the Police to ensure justice and fair hearing in the discharge of their civic duties throughout the investigation.

“What we are emphasizing is that the Police are making it an ethnic cleansing. These people have been living together for over 100 years ‎and even when there was local crisis among the community here, they didn’t touch them.

“I would have expected an independent police team to come here and find out as we are doing, we have never fought here. We have been accusing the Police as being a northern police, we have always been saying it and that is why we are clamouring for regional police.

“How can you say two people are fighting and the two of them sustained injuries and you arrest one? That is our complaint.

“Our complaint is not that they arrested those who are criminal, a criminal must be arrested but not on one side, that is not justice,” Adebanjo said.

The Afenifere delegation also visited the Yoruba and Hausa communities affected by the crisis to commiserate with their leaders.

Buhari, Others Laud Ooni’s Leadership Style

adeyeye-enitan-ogunwusiThe Ooni of Ile-Ife, His Imperial Majesty, Ooni Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja the second, on Saturday received a plethora of accolades from President Muhammadu Buhari, governors, prominent Nigerians and traditional rulers.

Ooni Ogunwusi got the accolades during the final stage of events marking his 1st year coronation anniversary held at Ile-Oodua White House Palace.

Represented by the Minister for Solid Minerals, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, President Buhari described the Ooni as a ‘wound-healer’ and a progressively-ordained personality.

“Kabiyesi Ooni has healed the wound in our country land by bringing together everybody. We know that a lot has gone into this. It is not a matter of age but the fact that you are blessed by the Almighty God to do so.

“We hope that in your many years on the throne, we will witness more advancement of the entire Yorubaland, Nigeria and everywhere we have Yorubas around the world. Many are celebrating you in Cuba , Brazil, America and all over places where you have your children around. We appreciate your contribution to our development and we will continue to adore your Majesty,” the president’s representative said.

Beyond Imagination

The Governor of Ondo State, Olusegun Mimiko, remarked that the Ooni had performed beyond imagination within his one year on the throne.

“Looking back, it is almost unbelievable that you are just one year on the throne. You have impacted on the Ile-Ife city and the whole Nigeria. You have brought uncommon energy and creativity to the throne. ‎You did not only preach peace but have also acted unity at both state and national levels. You have demonstrated how to use position as a leverage for youths empowerment.

“Everything you have done shows that you are well equipped to come to the throne to impact on lives. You have made us proud. You have fired our imagination on your one year on throne and we are ready to support you,” Governor Mimiko told the Ooni.

Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, commended the Ooni for extending partnership to the Igbos and urged him to intensify the unity between Yorubas and Igbos.

“Since Ooni emerged, I have enjoyed great support from the Yorubas and I pray that his reign will be the longest on the throne. I commend what you did to the youth by supporting them to be entrepreneurs.

‎”I am here to consolidate and deepen the Igbo-Yoruba unity. I am happy that the Yorubas living in Anambra are very happy with us. I believe in Nigeria’s unity and we should all work hard to make it work. I want our relationship to blossom.” Governor Obiano said.

While emphasising the importance of traditional rulers in the administration of any state, Governor Obiano also recommended cutting of taxes as a way to mitigate the effect of recession on investors.

“The traditional rulers are very important in the administration of the state. They are very important in settling disputes,” he added.

Source Of Inspiration

The Chief of Defence Staff,General Abayomi Olonisakin, urged the Ooni to sensitise indigenes of Ile-ife on the importance of security.

“Enlightening them to be security conscious will enhance the sustenance of your good legacies,” he said.

On his  part, the Deji of Akure, Aladetoyinbo Aladelusi, said the Ooni had served as a source of inspiration for him and other progressive minded traditional rulers in Yoruba land, describing him as the indistinguishable father of all Yoruba people in Nigeria and globally.

“The unity of traditional rulers as emphasised by Ooni is important. We need it and we are always inspired by his style of leadership. He has indeed lived up to the expectations as our spiritual leader, nobody can take this away from you no matter what they do,” Deji of Akure stressed.

The Etsu of Nupe, Yahaya Abubakar, in his own speech expressed delight over the “progressive moves” Ooni Ogunwusi had made.

“Your Imperial Majesty, we in the North are so proud of your leadership and bridge-building moves in the last one year. It’s been so progressive,” he observed.

Osile of Okeona, Egbaland, Oba Adedapo Tejuoso, asked the Ooni not to relent on his progressive agenda, saying, “his one year is just like a thousand. “Kabiyesi, please, don’t relent on this progressive agenda that you have been enviably executing in the last one year which is just like a thousand years. The rate of advancement and progress recorded since you ascended this sacred throne of Oduduwa is marvellous”.

Also, the Obi of Onitsha, Nnaemeka Achebe, appealed to all traditional rulers in Nigeria to cooperate with the Ooni in ensuring unity.

“Your Majesty, I bring you goodwill from across the Niger from all Igbos. We have seen how you bring real change and solve challenges that seem impossible in a year. Your feet shows that when God puts the crown on you, no human being can take it away. Collectively, with a person like you, we will achieve the real change that we have been looking for,” Obi of Onitsha emphasised.

Reacting to the commendations, the Ooni commended the dignitaries that attended the coronation and urged traditional rulers and all well-meaning Nigerians to take the development of Nigeria as their core responsibility.

He said: “We should collaborate with government and stop the blame-game. We are closer to our people. Let’s work towards youth emancipation. It is very important to know our roles as traditional rulers and focus more on how to appreciate things that come out from this country.

“We should be able to help others with the money that God has provided for us. Let us help one another in our little ways. We should give the less-privileged hope. We should all come together, love ourselves and impact on the lives of others”.

The Ooni is known for his promotion of made-in-Nigeria goods patronage and empowerment of Nigerian youths.

One of the great feats he has achieved within his one year in office is a one-billion-Naira loan from the Bank of Industry for small business owners in Osun to empower young persons that are unemployed.

Among other dignitaries that attended the coronation is Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun; Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, Osemawe of Ondo, Oba Dr. Kiladejo, Afenifere leader, Mr Ayo Adebanjo, Mr Yinka Odumakin, Diplomats, OAU’s Acting Vice Chancellor, Professor Anthony Elujoba, Polo Boss, Chief Obayuwana, Iyalaje of Apapa, Mr and Mrs Toyin Kolade, religious leaders and visually-impaired children.

The epoch making event also witnessed the presentation of cheques of millions of Naira to the representatives of the hundreds of youths who are the beneficiaries of Ooni Ogunwusi’s Agric-empowerment programme in partnership with Bank of Industry (BOI) represented by its Managing Director, Mr Waheed Olagunju, and Bank of Agriculture (BOA) represented by its Deputy MD, Mr Adebayo Jemileyin.

Obasanjo Has No Moral Right To Write Jonathan – Afenifere Chieftain

A chieftain of a Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, Mr Ayo Adebanjo, on Sunday expressed shock over the contents of the letter written by former president, Olusegun Obasanjo to President Goodluck Jonathan.

Speaking on Channels Television’s flagship political programme, Politics Today, Mr Adebanjo accused the former president of being guilty of all the allegations he made against President Jonathan in the letter.

“I am surprised he wrote such a letter considering the contents because all the allegations he made there against Jonathan, he was equally guilty of them. He has no moral right to write such a letter” he said.

He however agreed with the former president on some issues contained in the letter.

He accused Obasanjo of equally displaying some of the issues he raised against the president. He insisted that Obasanjo also had issues of corruption, highhandedness, disobedience to the judiciary during his era as the president. “Who is more guilty of all these than Obasanjo?” he questioned.

He further noted that the exchange of letters online by the former president and his daughter, Iyabo did not portray Nigeria in good light.

“A country that has produced the Awolowos, Azikiwes, Prof. Wole Soyinka and others, is being ruled by a man of this moral character; it’s a shame,” he said.

He debunked the claim that the reply allegedly written by Iyabo was written by someone else insisting that “this is not the first time Obasanjo’s child is saying something odd against him” adding that Obasanjo has not denied the alleged affair between him and his daughter-in-law insisting that the “farmer is a liar”.