…as Alaafin, Alake, others graced Ooni’s 5th Year Coronation anniversary
By Bode Akinbode, Ibadan
The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Saa’d Abubarkar, has advocated for unity among Nigerians in order to overcome it’s present challenges just as he described Yoruba cultural heritage as unique
He made the call on Friday during the 5th Year Coronation Anniversary of the Ooni of Ile-Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi.
His words, “We are all neighbours, so the issue of ethnicity should not divide us, we must understand ourselves, the more we move closer to each other, the more we understand ourselves.
“We must sensitized our political leaders not to divide us, but to always do the right things all the time because God will asked for our impart while alive.”
Abubarkar ,however, urged Ooni to continue doing good irrespective of the criticism he might encountered while discharging his duty.
The event which was held at the Banquet Hall of Premier Hotel, Ibadan was attended by the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III and other eminent personalities.
Other traditional rulers in attendance include the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo, the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, the Elegushi of Ikateland, Oba Saheed Ademola, and the Oniru of Iruland, Oba Gbolahan Lawal, among others.
The programme was put together by Oodua Decendant Union for the purpose of celebrating the Ooni of Ife for his positive impact on Yorubaland and Nigeria in general.
The Guest Lecturer, Oloye Lekan Alabi, who is also the Ekeefa Olubadan of Ibadanland, noted that care must be taking in making sure the patriarch economy of Yoruba’s was saved.
The Ibadan High Chief however prayed for the Ooni to live longer than his predecessor, calling on the monarch not to relent in his efforts towards bringing Yorubas back into one fold.
In his remarks, the celebrant, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi revealed that the journey of his life was full of miracles and wonders, adding that some people never think the road to his kingship will work out.
The Ooni thanked dignitaries for gracing the event, saying that their presence was highly commendable