EFCC Seeks Traditional Rulers’ Support To Fight Cybercrime

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, receives some EFCC officials at in palace in Osun State on September 5, 2019.



The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is seeking the support of traditional rulers in the country to tackle forms of corruption.

EFCC’s Ibadan Zonal Head, Mr Friday Bello, disclosed this when he led some officials of the commission on a visit to the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi.

The team visited the traditional ruler on Friday at his palace in Ile-Ife, Osun State to solicit for support to combat the scourge of financial crimes, especially among youths.

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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.

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.

Details later…

PHOTOS: Ooni Visits Aso Villa, Meets Osinbajo

Ooni Visits Aso Villa, Meets Osinbajo


The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has visited the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.

Both leaders met behind closed doors on Friday at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

However, the traditional ruler declined to speak with reporters at the end of the meeting which lasted about 45 minutes at the Vice President’s office.

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The Ooni had paid a similar visit to President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday during which he decried the rising spate of insecurity in the South West region of the country.

See photos of his visit to Professor Osinbajo below:

Ooni Receives Ghana’s Ex-President, Calls For African Unity


The Ooni of Ife, Enitan Ogunwusi, says Africa remains one big family despite boundaries between countries and communities.

The monarch stated this on Thursday while receiving the immediate past President of Ghana, Mr John Mahama and his team at the palace in Ile -Ife, Osun State

He said, “Before the advent of the Western civilization, there were no boundaries between the African nations and communities, we are one big family.

“It gladdens my heart that with committed individuals like President Mahama, we have remained that united big family working together for the progress of the African continent.”

The Ooni also praised the former Ghanaian leader for exhibiting what he described as a humility and simplicity.

According to him, Mr Mahama personally received him in Ghana while in office two years ago and served him.

“When I was in Ghana to honour Mr President two years ago, he was in power, to the glory of God, he displayed humility and simplicity.

“He didn’t even wait for an aide to do anything for me. He did it by himself. He made tea and offered me by himself. There is no difference between when he was in power and when he was not. That’s humility and simplicity.”

The revered monarch, therefore, prayed for blessings for the former President.

On his part, Mr Mahama thanked the Ooni for the warm reception, describing the Ife kingdom as the root of the rich African culture.

The former Ghanaian leader was accompanied by his elder sister, Mrs Sherifat Dundu and her husband Mr Bisi Dundu, his former Chief Of Staff, Mr Julius Debra among others.

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.

Ooni Decries High Rate Of Child Marriage

Ooni Decries High Rate Of Child Marriage
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The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has decried the high rate of early child marriage and all forms of challenges confronting the Nigerian child in the society.

Oba Adeyeye expressed his concern as he celebrated his birthday with a delegation from Children of Africa Leadership and Values Development Initiative (CALDEV) at his palace in Ile-Ife, Osun state.

He, however, vowed to use his position to defend the rights of children from all forms of danger and challenges they face in the society.

“It is very important to fill the extra gap in bringing moral back to children, that is why I am actually taking my time to celebrate with them. I celebrate with them on a daily basis. They are the heritage of any nation,” the traditional ruler said.

The team from CALDEV, a non-governmental organisation, was led on the visit on Monday by their president, Honourable Bamidele Salam.

Honourable Salam explained that the aim of the group was to train children on what leadership entails and ensure that they were given a fairer deal in the country.

He, however, said the children suffer most in any crisis or war and other problems in Nigeria but promised that the group would strive to expose the children to the realities of life in line with international best practice.

The group also decorated Oba Adeyeye as its grand patron and urged him not to relent in his support for children development.

Buhari Meets With Traditional Rulers In Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday met with the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III, and the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi and other traditional rulers.

The President received the monarchs alongside other members of the National Council of Traditional Rulers at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo was also at the meeting.

See photos of the meeting below:






Aregbesola Is A Great Descendant Of Oduduwa, Says Ooni

Osun APC Tells Aregbesola's Critics To RethinkThe Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, has described Osun state governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, as a great descendant of Oduduwa, who has dedicated his life to the emancipation of the oppressed.

Oba Ogunwusi said this in a congratulatory message to the governor on his 60th birthday. signed by the Director of Media and Public Affairs, in his palace, Mr Moses Olafare, the Ooni chronicled Aregbesola’s involvements in several struggles, right from his days as a student.

In the message, which was signed by Mr Moses Olafare, the Director of Media and Public Affairs in his palace, the Ooni chronicled Aregbesola’s involvements in several struggles, right from his days as a student.

He described the governor as “an Omoluwabi per excellence, an exceptionally virtuous personality characterised by exemplary leadership that has colossally become a blessing to the mankind, especially in our dear state of Osun and Nigeria in general”.

The Ooni added, “In his school days, he stood firmly with the students against all oppressions as a student union activist. As a worker and employee, he stood solidly behind the Nigerian workers as a labour activist.

“As a lover of the masses, he, through the civil society, partook in various struggles for the socio-economic emancipation of the Nigerian people.

“When Nigeria’s democracy was in bondage, he was one of the pro-democracy activists across the country whose dogged and relentless efforts eventually led to the termination of the military rule in 1999.”

Oba Ogunwusi added that Osun State had witnessed massive road construction in urban and rural areas under Governor Aregbesola.

He also hailed the governor for his response to security challenges in the state.

“The structures and facilities of the schools built across the State by his administration can strongly rival the facilities of any world standard school and even some higher institutions in Nigeria,” the Ooni said.

“As a great descendant of Oduduwa, he has always loved, respected and promoted Yoruba’ culture and traditions with an incorruptible conscience.

“The spirit of Oranmiyanism that has been driving his political movement, leadership sagacity and public administration acumen has truly been instrumental to his success for Oranmiyan never failed in any of his endeavours while on earth.”

Sultan, Ooni Call For Promotion Of National Unity

Sultan of Sokoto
Sultan of Sokoto

No country can survive two civil wars, which makes the call for national unity at this time very paramount.

These were the words of the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III during the Traditional Rulers’ Day, as part of activities to mark the 50th anniversary of Rivers State.

The event brought together royal fathers from within the state and across the country, including the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi.

The traditional rulers called for concerted efforts by all to ensure that there is peace and unity in the country.

Economic Recession: Ooni Of Ife Asks FG To Invest In Culture, Tourism

economic recession, ooni of ife, cultue, tourismaThe Ooni of Ile-Ife has called on the Federal Government to intensify investments in culture and tourism, saying the sector is capable of bailing the country out of economic recession.

The Ooni, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, also advised the government to promote Nigeria’s culture, as a unifying force for the people within and in the diaspora.

Ooni Ogunwusi made the request at the unveiling of the Olojo Festival logo, which marked the beginning of the 2016 Olojo Festival, held at the the Ile-Oodua Palace on Friday.

Oba Ogunwusi while launching the logo said: “What we are doing is indeed a new one. We have improved the branding and we want to show the landmark uniqueness of Ile-Ife as a tourist centre.

“Both the government and private entrepreneurs should begin to use tourism for unity and economic development. Tourism is about movement. It is like a mandate that draws people from every part of the world”.Olojo

Oba Ogunwusi said embracing culture and tourism would bail Nigeria out of recession, describing it as a lasting solution to the current economic challenges.

The Ooni also mentioned that the sector was capable of making Osun State one of the richest states in Nigeria.

‎While describing Olojo as one festival with world class recognition, he emphasised the fact that ‘the festival draws all sons and daughters from across the world’ and that it would be a good opportunity to reinforce the notion of Ife, as a foremost cultural centre and sensitise them on the need to tap into tourism and culture.

Tourism ‘Money-spinner’

The Director General of the Office of Economic Development and Partnerships (OEDP), Dr. Charles Akinola, who represented the Governor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola, said that entrepreneurs involvement was necessary for cultural renaissance and socio-economic development.

Explaining further, he pointed out that Ile-Ife had no less than 12 tourist centres of international standards and also made reference to some other countries who have generated revenue ranging from $20.2 billion to $177.2 billion.

He stated that the government already had a tourism master-plan and had been developing it within the possible financial circumstances.

“When these are developed and well marketed, they will generate jobs in arts and craft; tour guides, transportation services in airlines and taxicabs and hospitality services,” he stated.

Dr Akinola called on entrepreneurs and those interested to partner with the government in order for the nation to benefit from the tourism ‘money-spinner’.

Stressing the importance of this partnership, he explained that culture separates one human group from another.

“Culture is the capsule that houses the economic system, science and technology, behavioural pattern, beliefs and religion of a people.”

He further expressed concern that Nigeria was not tapping into the economic aspect of culture, saying: “We can build a thriving economy around our culture and monuments”.