I Did Not Ask Gani Adams To Vacate OPC’s Leadership Position, Ooni Says

Gani-Adams---OPC-LeaderThe Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty Ooni Adeyeye Ogunwusi Ojaja II, has refuted a newspaper report in which he was quoted to have ordered Mr Gani Adams to vacate his position as the National Coordinator of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC).

Ooni Ogunwusi dismissed the reports in a statement released by his spokesman, Mr Moses Olafare, who described Gani Adams as an unapologetic loyalist of the Ooni.

He said that the veteran Yoruba Self-determined Adams had invested so much of resources into the socio-cultural emancipation of Oodua race and could only be treated with a deserved reciprocation of love and respect, as a patriotic Ooduan who had never hesitated to demonstrate love and respect to the sacred throne of Oduduwa.

“Baba Ooni never at anytime claimed to have ordered Otunba Gani Adams to resign as the Leader of the OPC. He sees him as an unapologetic loyalist and son who has always treated him as his father with love and absolute respect.

“We have always welcomed him as a member of the inner chamber of the Ooni’s Palace,” Olafare said.

On the request by a factional group of OPC members on a visit to the Ooni at Ile-Ife recently begging him to intervene in the OPC matters, the Yoruba foremost king admonished all the factions within the Pan-Yoruba group to close ranks and work together as one big family in the interest of unity and peace in Yorubaland.

“Baba said to them to close ranks in the interest of peace and unity of Yorubaland. He assured them of his fatherly support at all time as long as the unity of Yorubaland is not in jeopardy. Kabiyesi, who is slated to tour Europe in May on the invitation of sons and daughters of Oodua, is committed to the emancipation of the race.

“His unwavering and unflinching determination to unite all forces in Yoruba Kingdom both home and in the diaspora is the driving force behind all these,” Olafare added,

The statement also revealed the preparations were on in the palace ahead of a visit of members of the OPC and Oodua Progressive Union as well as the members of Olokun Festival Foundation to Ile-Ife.

The visit is part of the annual Oodua Festival slated for January 25 and 26 in Ile-Ife.

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.

Buhari Congratulates New Ooni Of Ife

Buhari Congratulates New Ooni Of IfeNigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has congratulated Prince Adeyeye Ogunwusi on his emergence as the 51st Ooni of Ife and successor to the late Oba Okunade Sijuwade.

In a statement released by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, President Buhari rejoiced with Prince Adeyeye on his nomination as Ooni by the kingmakers of Ife after a keenly contested, but peaceful selection process and confirmation on Tuesday by Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State.

As he prepares to begin the rites of ascension to the revered throne of his great ancestors, President Buhari urged the Ooni-designate to commit himself to carrying all his subjects along to a new era of peace, stability and progress in Ife, Yorubaland and Nigeria as a whole.

The President called on Prince Adeyeye to be prepared to put his new position as Ooni and principal custodian of the rich cultural heritage and traditions of the Yorubas to good use in the service of his people and country.

President Buhari also urged the Ooni-designate to dedicate himself to building on and surpassing the worthy legacies of his much-acclaimed predecessor, Oba Sijuwade and working with government and other traditional rulers across the country to foster greater harmony, peaceful co-existence and faster socio-economic development of his people and all Nigerians.

As Prince Adeyeye ascends to the grand throne of the Ooni of Ife, the President prayed that God Almighty would grant him the immense wisdom and courage he would require to oversee further progress and greater prosperity for his people.

He wished the new Ooni a long and highly successful reign in the service of his people and country.

Buhari Should Seek Forgiveness From Yorubas, Not Votes – Fayose

buhariEkiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has said that the All Progressives Congress ( APC ) presidential candidate, Major General Mohammadu Buhari (Rtd) should seek forgiveness (not votes) from Yoruba people of the South-West, including Edo and Delta States.

According to the governor, Buhari’s cancellation of the Lagos Metroline project in 1985 was the greatest disservice to the Yoruba people in particular, and Nigerians in general.

“If Buhari had not cancelled the Metroline project out of vendetta,transportation problems in Lagos would have been solved permanently.

“The Metroline project would have made life easier and changed the face of transport in Lagos.

But Buhari cancelled it and even went ahead to pay compensation to the French company that handled it. Buhari’s action cost Lagosians over $78 million then,” Fayose said.

Speaking further, the governor said; “In Yorubaland, we were enjoying free education and free health before Buhari came.

Then, all that was needed to go to primary and secondary schools was school uniform while drugs were free.

“Apart from free education and free health, the South West witnessed rapid development.

Lagos State University, Ogun State University (now Olabisi Onabanjo University), Ondo State University (now Ekiti State University), Ondo State Polytechnic (now Rufus Giwa Polytechnic), and several other institutions were established.

“As at 1979, Lagos State had no secretariat. Jakande’s government built the Alausa Secretariat within four years. Ajasin’s government built Alagbaka Secretariat in Akure within four years. Even the Lekki-Epe road on which they are now collecting tolls was constructed by Jakande.

“For all that they did for us in Yorubaland, what did Buhari do to Jakande, Ajasin, Bola Ige and Bisi Onabanjo? He jailed them and Bisi Onabanjo came out of prison with health issues that eventually claimed his life.

“What did Buhari do to reward Awolowo, whose party gave us free education and free health? Awolowo’s international passport was seized and he was prevented from traveling abroad for medical treatment. Awolowo died two years after!

“In 1984 that Buhari introduced school fees, thousands of our youths then dropped out of school.

“Therefore, Buhari who truncated the future of many of our people and jailed our leaders who served our land selflessly should be seeking forgiveness from Yoruba people, not votes.”

OPC warns Boko Haram to stay away from Yorubaland

The Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) on Sunday asked the extremist group, Boko Haram to steer clear of the South-West.

The Founder and President of OPC, Frederick Fasehun

In a statement on Sunday, Founder and President of OPC, Frederick Fasehun, asked the insurgents not to “export” violence to Yorubaland.

He said although Boko Haram’s current agitation justified OPC’s age-old demand for a Sovereign National Conference, his organisation would view the attack of the region as a declaration of war.

Dr Fasehun said, “Nigeria has been experiencing some muscle flexing that has led to the death of many citizens in the North. But since such muscle flexing is not pitching geographical zones against one another, OPC has always felt that Nigeria’s current crisis has not assumed warfare proportions.

“We sympathise with those who have causes to struggle for. However, we believe that local struggles for social justice should be contained within local boundaries.

“Any extension beyond such boundaries clearly connotes the pursuing of a territorial ambition; and any people provoking other people through territorial ambition should ultimately expect a war. And in warfare, everything and anything is fair.

“OPC’s message should be clear to sponsors of the ongoing violence in our country. They should not unnecessarily jeopardize their own lives, their businesses and their other interests in the places where they currently enjoy peace. Yoruba people are not unaware of their addresses and their business interests throughout the South-West. A word is enough for the wise.

“Last year, the bodies of Yoruba graduates serving their fatherland in the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) were brought home to us. OPC takes this opportunity to alert governors of the South-West on the need to take immediate measures to preempt and prevent the killing of our youths participating in the NYSC. The same advice goes to Yoruba indigenes residing in the North; they must do the needful to avoid danger overtaking them in the land of their sojourning.”

The OPC leader said the Yoruba people had elected to live in peace and harmony with other ethnic nationalities.

He, however, said they would do everything necessary to protect and defend their land and people from external aggression.