Security: Buhari Meets With Ooni, Other Southwest Monarchs

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has received traditional leaders from the southwest, led by the Ooni of Ife in his office.

The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo and the Inspector General of Police are also at the meeting.

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One of the focus points of the meeting is to discuss the security situation in the southwest.

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Insecurity: South-West Does Not Want War, Says Ooni Of Ife

 

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunlesi has raised an alarm over the security challenge in the country, declaring that the southwest does not want war.

Oba Ogunlusi made this known after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the statehouse on Thursday.

Speaking on behalf of other traditional leaders in the region, he noted that the challenge in the southwestern part of the country is real as most rural communities have been occupied by strange people.

The Ooni reiterated that the traditional leaders are worried and are prepared to work with the government as they called for a reinforcement of federal apparatus to defend themselves from people he describes as bad eggs who may not all necessarily be Fulani’s.

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He called on all those beating the drums of war as well as politicians escalating issues to desist from acts capable of causing anarchy as the nation cannot withstand a war.

He further disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari assured him that he will reveal his own side of the story on the issue of Ruga settlement as the issue has been taken out of context.

President Buhari also said that firm and unwavering action is required to put the security threats under control adding that any evasion of rules and regulations in ways that aid corruption and illicit financial outflows must be vigorously fought and defeated.

‘Enough Is Enough’, Ooni Of Ife Condemns Killings

Ooni Decries High Rate Of Child Marriage
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The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has condemned the recent killings across the country, saying it’s time for the government to rise up to its responsibilities and bring an end to insecurity.

The monarch who spoke to Channels Television on the sideline of an event in Omuo Ekiti on Sunday also objected to some claims that the security situation in the country is exaggerated.

He stressed the need to halt the ugly trend, insisting that the Yoruba people will strongly protect their territory and flush out “external aggressors”.

“We in Yoruba land, we are prepared to defend our environment and send away all the bad residents. We call them men of the underworld because in the past they like to operate in the night but now they even come out during the day,” he said.

“Enough is enough, we’ll come together, make ourselves one, and protect our territory very well, I repeat, very very well.”

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In the same tone, a member of the House of Representatives Femi Bamisile, who hosted some stakeholders at the event said: “For us, we are going to secure our own territory without a doubt. We must start from home before we start going out.

This comes on the heels of the death of the Mrs Funke Olakunrin, a daughter of the National Leader of the Pan Yoruba Socio-political group, Afenifere, Reuben Fasoranti.

She was killed while she was travelling along the Benin-Ore Expressway at about 2:00 pm on Friday.

“The error that happened on the issue of the death of Fasoranti’s daughter will never repeat itself again in the south-west and by extension in Nigeria. Mark what I have said and see what we are taking into action,” Bamisile said in reaction.

Another Federal lawmaker, Shina Abiola-Peller believes vigilante groups will help out in the naughty security situation.

“I believe we need the vigilante as a primary source of information for our security system, and I’ll propose a bill towards that effect. We need a database for vigilante in the 8,692 wards in Nigeria.

“They are locals and they know the terrain more,” he said.

RUGA Settlement: Ooni, Soyinka React To Threats By Northern Youths

 

Following the 30-day ultimatum given by a group of Northern youths asking governors opposed to the idea of Ruga Settlements to back down or risk Southerners living in the North being asked to leave the region, some prominent Nigerians are calling for deliberate efforts to douse rising ethnic tensions across the country.

The latest to add their voices to this call are Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, and the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi. Both men made their position known after their meeting on July 4, 2019, in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital where they condemned the line being towed by the Northern group.

In a statement jointly signed by Prof. Soyinka and Oba Ogunwusi, they warned that Nigeria cannot survive another upheaval of the magnitude of the 1966-1970 Civil War and that every effort must be made to prevent another one.

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While acknowledging the right of the Northern group to make their demand as allowed by freedom of expression, they in the exercise of the same right called on all Nigerian nationals to defend the sanctity of their ancestral lands, adding that this birthright remains inviolate, even under colonial occupation.

The statement adds, “We call on the Nigerian people to recognize that the internal colonization project is ever recurrent, that there are backward, primitive, undeveloped minds that have failed, and continue to fail to overcome delusions in this antiquated belief in sectarian domination as the key to social existence, a belief that despises peaceful cohabitation that is based on mutual respect.”

While calling on Nigerians, both on state and community levels, to step up discussions on the future structure of the nation, and take steps to preserve and enhance their distinct cultural identities, Prof. Soyinka and Oba Ogunwusi emphasized the rights of every Nigerian and community or group of human beings as primary and pre-eminent over and above all other parameters of human development or formal associations.

Atiku Campaigns In Osogbo, Pays Homage To Ooni

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, on Tuesday took his campaign to Osogbo, the Osun State capital.

Atiku during the visit also paid homage to the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi.

He was accompanied by the National Chairman of PDP, Uche Secondus; former governor of Ogun State and Deputy Director General (South) of PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, Gbenga Daniel, among others.

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Ooni Of Ife Hosts Ex-Ghanaian President, Mahama

The Ooni of Ife and his Queen, Moronke Naomi Silekunola Ogunwusi, with former Ghanaian President John Mahama at his palace in Ile-Ife.

The Ooni of Ife, Enitan Ogunwusi, hosted the immediate past President of Ghana, Mr John Mahama and his team at his palace in Ile -Ife, Osun State on Thursday.

The Ooni, who received Mr Mahama in company with his Queen, stressed the need for Africa to remain united as one big family.

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Ooni’s Ex-Wife, Zaynab Congratulates Him On New Marriage

 

The former wife of the Ooni of Ife, Zaynab Otiti-Obanor, has congratulated the monarch and his new bride, Naomi Oluwaseyi, on their marriage.

She took to Instagram on Monday, to congratulate the couple who officially tied the knot on Thursday – a move which her fans have applauded her for.

“It was once said that there is nobility in compassion, beauty in empathy and grace in forgiveness. Congratulations to the Ooni and his new bride, Shiekunola Naomi Moronke Oluwaseyi. May God bless your union,” She wrote.

 

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The Former queen had confirmed in a statement she released last year that her 17-month-old marriage to the Ooni, had ended.

The new wife who is said to be in her 20’s is an evangelist and also the founder of EN Heralds Ministry based in Akure, Ondo State.

It was jubilation galore at Ile-Ife, Osun State when the Ooni received her at the palace on Thursday, a day after he marked his 44th birthday.

According to the spokesperson of the palace, the marriage rights were done privately in Akure and she was later received at the Ooni’s palace.

 

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The monarch took to social media to express his joy.

He wrote, “I waited patiently upon the Almighty the King of kings, he eventually did it in the midst of many trials.

“Shilekunola, Moronke, Naomi; the greatest Arsenal you can apply on this highly revered throne with many rules and regulations in the midst of undiluted tradition, heritage and culture is the “Fear of God In You”.

“It is the beginning of your wisdom on this throne of Oduduwa. You are welcome home my beautiful and adorable queen”.

The news of the royal marriage has since sparked various reactions from both supporters and critics across social media.

PHOTOS: Ooni Of Ife Gets New Queen

 

It was jubilation galore at Ile-Ife, Osun State on Thursday, as Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, received his new wife at the palace, a day after he marked his 44th birthday.

This was confirmed in a statement issued by the Director, Media and Public Affairs of the palace, Comrade Moses Olafare.

According to the spokesperson, the marriage rights were done privately in Akure, Ondo State and she was later received at the Ooni’s palace.

“Her Majesty, Olori Moronke Naomi Silekunola Ogunwusi is the new Yeyeluwa Oodua.

“Necessary rites fully performed,” the statement read.

The monarch also took to social media on Thursday to express his joy.

He wrote, “I waited patiently upon the Almighty the King of kings, he eventually did it in the midst of many trials.

“Shilekunola, Moronke, Naomi; the greatest Arsenal you can apply on this highly revered throne with many rules and regulations in the midst of undiluted tradition, heritage and culture is the “Fear of God In You”.

“It is the beginning of your wisdom on this throne of Oduduwa. You are welcome home my beautiful and adorable queen”.

 

The development comes more than a year after his former wife, Zaynab Otiti-Obanor, confirmed that their 17-month-old marriage had ended.

The new wife who is said to be in her 20’s is an evangelist and also the founder of a ministry in Akure.

I’m Unhappy About Happenings In Ekiti, Says Ooni

The Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II says he is unhappy about the happenings in Ekiti as the state prepares for the July 14 governorship elections.

The monarch said this while hosting the British High-Commissioner to Nigeria, Paul Arkwright at his palace in Ile-Ife in Osun State. He also called for an end to crisis and violence.

“What I heard happening in Ekiti State during this electioneering period does not make me happy as their father. Enough of crisis, we do not want any crisis in Yorubaland. Where there is violence, progress and tranquillity will be deprived, but where there is peace, there is progress.

“I specifically warn all youths in Ekiti state to maintain peaceful coexistence before, during and after the election, as brighter future awaits them if they productively discover themselves,” Ooni said.

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He also urged the youths not to allow themselves to be used as agents of electoral violence and criminality. He said the youths should rather aim to lead in the political capacity such as governorship or presidency in the nearest future.

The British envoy, Paul Arkwright who is also the United Kingdom Chief Observer to Nigeria on the Ekiti gubernatorial election also joined voices with the Ooni and called for free, fair, credible and peaceful election in Ekiti State on Saturday.

He said the purpose of his coming is based on observing the conduct of Ekiti gubernatorial election which precedes 2019 Presidential by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The British High Commissioner also called for calm urging residents to shun electoral violence. He added that crisis cannot add any value to the growth and development of the state.

In the course of preparation for the election in Ekiti, security operatives on Wednesday dispersed supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from the popular Fajuyi Park in Ado Ekiti while they were holding a rally ahead of the governorship election in the state.

The State governor, Ayodele Fayose later accused policemen of beating and brutalising PDP supporters in the state.

The Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), Habila Joshak in reaction said the police could not have denied Governor Fayose being elected by the people access in the government office.

He explained that the police only carried out their duty of preventing law and order in the area.

Eid-El-Fitr: Ooni Preaches Religious Tolerance, Peaceful Coexistence

Eid-El-Fitr: Ooni Preaches Religious Tolerance, Peaceful Coexistence
File photo: Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, holding a staff.

 

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi (Ojaja II), has asked the Muslims to imbibe the spirit of religious tolerance in order to coexist harmoniously with adherents of other religious faiths.

He gave the advice as he felicitated with the faithful across the country on the completion of the fasting period month of Ramadan.

In a statement by his Director of Media and Public Affairs, Moses Olafare, the traditional ruler regarded Ramadan as the month of purity and faithfulness for Muslims all over the world.

He, therefore, admonished them to continually abstain from any act of ungodliness.

Oba Ogunwusi said, “These are my heartfelt greetings to our Muslim brothers and sisters in Yorubaland, across the continent of Africa and all over the world.

“I fervently believe you all have fulfilled the spiritual obligations attached to the holy Ramadan and come out with renewed spiritual energy, purified heart of kindness and forgiveness.”

“You must rededicate yourselves to the service of Almighty Allah and humanity, purify your souls, repent on your wrongdoings, observe self-sacrifices, and devote your attention to ensuring peaceful coexistence with members of other religious sects as all human beings serve one single God,” he added.

The Spiritual leader of Yorubaland is currently on a two-week peace and unity visit to Brazil, and he is being accompanied by an entourage of scores of people, including 17 notable Yoruba traditional rulers.

Others are scholars, priests, as well as members of the Herbal Therapy Society of Nigeria.

Eid-El-Fitri: Ooni Calls For Religious Tolerance, Peaceful Coexistence

Ooni of Ife, Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II.

 

The Ooni of Ife, Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II has felicitated with the Muslim faithful on the completion of the 2018 Ramadan fast, called on all to imbibe the spirit of religious tolerance to allow peaceful coexistence.

The monarch, in his Ramadan message signed on Friday by his Director of Media and Public Affairs, Moses Olafare, said the Ramadan month is one of purity and faithfulness. He admonished Muslims to henceforth abstain from any act of ungodliness, even after the Holy month of Ramadan.

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“I fervently believe you all have fulfilled the spiritual obligations attached to the holy Ramadan and come out with renewed spiritual energy, purified heart of kindness and forgiveness.

“You must rededicate yourselves to the service of Almighty Allah and humanity. Purify your souls, repent on your wrongdoings, observe self-sacrifices and devote your attention to ensuring peaceful coexistence with members of other religious sects as human beings serve one God,” Ooni Ogunwusi said.

Ooni is currently on a two-week peace and unity visit to Brazil accompanied by an entourage including 17 notable Yoruba traditional rulers drawn from the southwest states, Kwara State, scholars, priests, members of Herbal Therapy Society Of Nigeria led by Chief Akintunde Ayeni.

#NotTooYoungToRun: Ooni Urges Youths To Embrace Leadership Roles

Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja 11 with presidential aspirant, Fela Durotoye at his palace in Ile-Ife, Osun State on Thursday, May 31.

 

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja 11 has called on Nigerian youths to rise and take up leadership position as they are the owners of the country.

Ooni Ogunwusi said this following the signing into law of the ‘Not Too Young To Run Bill into law by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The traditional ruler said based on the huge population of Nigerian youths, they deserve inclusion in governance and politics.

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“Youths of this country, they own this country. They are the owners of this country. Look at the demography of Nigeria, the youths have the largest population. Its left to Nigeria youths to rise up and take that leadership position.”

He also called on the youths to support existing leaders and believe in their leadership abilities.

“The youths of this country believe there is no way they can attain a certain height. There is no height that you cannot attain, you just need to give an effort, just give it a shot.”

Presidential aspirant, Fela Durotoye who was also at the Ooni’s palace in Ile Ife, said it is inevitable for any nation to prosper without its youths taking key decisions and making significant contributions in its government.