It has n’t taken too long for his unity move to get the honour and recognition it richly deserves. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo and many other leaders across the land had applauded the unity move of Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja 11. He first went on a rare visit to the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi the 111, and later he was at various times at the palaces of Alake of Egbaland, Osile of Oke-Ona, Owa-Obokun of Ijeshaland, among others. He visited Modakeke, next door neighbour to Ile-Ife, with which Ile-Ife had been engaged in internecine wars over the years. At Modakeke, Oba Ogunwusi sued for peace.
Now Ooni’s bold moves have received the stamp of approval from Abuja. President Buhari has named him as the Chancellor of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. The president said the appointment would help develop the institution further and enable the monarch to build more bridges of friendship most especially across the Niger. Oba Ogunwusi’s letter of appointment was signed by the Minister of Education, Alhaji Adamu Adamu, on behalf of President Buhari. His appointment, according to the statement, is based on his wealth of experience and his capacity to manage men and resources, which he has demonstrated in the administration of his kingdom in the last three months since he emerged on the saddle. The kind words said of Oba Ogunwusi in his letter of appointment bears repetition here: “It is incontrovertible today that Ooni Ogunwusi is a bridge builder”. He has emerged the youngest chancellor appointed for the only university bearing “Nigeria”.
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