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

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.

Inauguration Of New Ooni Begins

OoniAn inter-religious service has held at the Ile Oodua in Ile Ife, Osun State to usher in the commencement of the inauguration of His Imperial Majesty, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II (The second) as the 51st Ooni Of Ife.

Christians, Muslims as well as traditional believers all gathered in front of the palace to offer prayers for the successful reign ‎of the Ooni and for the peace and progress of the Yoruba race.

Governor Rauf Aregbesola, at the inter-religious programme, said that the seat of the Ooni holds a very significant position in the history of the Yoruba ethnic group, as such it must play the role of unifying all.

The Governor, who was represented by the Secretary to the Osun State Government, Moshood ‎ Adeoti, stated that the Yoruba people were expectant that the new Ooni would promote peace, unity, development and oneness of the Yoruba people across the world.

The Governor and all the clerics urged all Nigerians to pray for traditional rulers as they are the custodians of culture and peace.

Ooni-elect, Prince Ogunwusi Makes First Appearance In Ife

Prince Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ooni of IfeThousands of Ife indigenes trooped out on Wednesday to welcome the 51st Ooni-elect of Ife, Prince Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, as he made his first public appearance to the people of the ancient town.

The Ooni-elect arrived Ife at about 2:15pm local time and was received by the Ife Traditional Council and other indigenes along the Ife-Ibadan expressway.‎

Meanwhile, Banks, stalls, markets and all commercial activities were shut in Ife and Modakeke towns to allow the people welcome the Ooni-elect.

The incoming monarch was later taken to the Obalufe of Iremo Quarters where he was received by the Traditional Chiefs and later turbaned before making his exit to the Giesi Ruling House later to be decorated as the ‘Sooko’ of the house.

His welcome witnessed various cultural and traditional display by the‎ Ilaris and others.

On October 26, Prince Ogunwusi emerged as the new Ooni of Ile-Ife, becoming the 51st monarch of the kingdom.

A statement issued by the Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, confirmed that the Kingmakers of Ile-Ife had completed the required process and communicated the choice of Prince Ogunwusi to his office for approval.

Ogunwusi Emerges 51st Ooni Of Ile-Ife

Ogunwusi Emerges 51st Ooni Of Ile-IfePrince Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi of the Giesi ruling house in the ancient city of Ile-Ife has emerged as the new Ooni of Ile-Ife, becoming the 51st monarch of the kingdom.

A statement issued by the Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, confirmed that the Kingmakers of Ile-Ife had completed the required process and communicated the choice of Prince Ogunwusi to his office for approval.

Prince Ogunwusi takes over from Oba Sijuade, who died on July 28, 2015 in a London hospital.

The Ooni was selected from 21 candidates presented by the Giesi ruling house for the exalted stool.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Right Honourable Yakubu Dogara, consequently congratulated the new Ooni of Ife on his ascension to the throne.

Dogara said in a congratulatory statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Turaki Hassan, that the role of traditional rulers in nation-building cannot be over-emphasised.

Prince Ogunwusi is a graduate of Accountancy and a certified member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria and of the Institute of Management.

Before Prince Ogunwusi’s appointment, the last descendant of the Giesi ruling house that occupied the position was Ooni Derin Ologbenla and that was between 1880 and 1894.

Dogara Congratulates New Ooni of Ife

Dogara Congratulates New Ooni of IfeThe Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, has congratulated the new Ooni of Ife, Prince Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi on his ascension to the throne.

In a congratulatory statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Turaki Hassan, Dogara ‎said the role of traditional rulers in nation-building cannot be over-emphasised.

He said the dignity of the traditional institutions must be restored, as well as returned to their rightful place in the society if Nigeria is to make any meaningful progress.

The Speaker urged the new Ooni to emulate the works of the late Oba Sijuwade, whom he said had left an indelible mark in the history of Nigeria as a peacemaker and a bridge between different people of the country.

While assuring of the cooperation of the House of Representatives, Honourable Dogara noted that the “legislature is open to the wise counsel and invaluable support of the new Ooni in its quest to effect change and re-position our dear nation for enduring peace, security, accelerated growth and development.

“As you ascend the glorious revered throne of your fore-fathers, I join your family, the good people of the historic kingdom of Ife, friends, proteges and well-wishers to ask God to guide, guard and give you wisdom to lead,” he stated.

“I note that the position of Ooni carries with it authority, influence and power and therefore I urge Your Royal Majesty to rule with the fear of God and serve as a father to all”, Dogara remarked.

The Speaker commended the Osun State Government for playing the role of a good umpire by ensuring a rancour-free selection and succession process.

He also appealed to the ruling houses in Ife and citizens of the Kingdom to unite behind the new Ooni and give him the much needed support.

Honourable Dogara reiterated the National Assembly’s resolve to accord the traditional institution a constitutional role in view of its strategic importance to the peace and unity of the country.