Ooni tours Ekiti, says ‘a new era beckons in Yorubaland’

By Sunday Aloba, Ado-Ekiti

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II has sued for unity in Yoruba land to usher in a new era of peace, unity and development.According to the monarch, a new era of unity among Yoruba traditional rulers that will bring development to their people has come.

 Oba Ogunwusi made the remarks on Thursday during his first official visit to Ekiti State since his enthronement as the Ooni.

 As part of his schedule tour, the Ooni made his first stopover in Aramoko Ekiti where he visited the Alara, Oba Adegoke Olu Adeyemi.

 He later visited the Owa Ajero of Ijero Ekiti, Oba Joseph Adebayo Adewole in Ijero Ekiti and the Ewi of Ado Ekiti, Oba Rufus Adeyemo Adejugbe in Ado Ekiti.

The Ife monarch stormed the Alara’s palace at about 12.20 pm and was received by other royal father’s including the Olohan of Erijiyan Ekiti, Oba Adegoroye Omosebi; the Elerio of Erio Ekiti, Oba Johnson Bamigbade; the Olupole of Ipole-Iloro, Oba Babalola Oladele and the Onikogosi of Ikogosi Ekiti, Oba Elijah Olorunnisola.

He was accompanied to Ekiti State by the Orangun of Ila, Oba Wahab Oyedotun and other traditional rulers in Ife land.

Oba Ogunwusi said he was happy to be in company of the Alara, the Orangun and the Ajero on the same day.

The Ooni said: “I thank God for the opportunity to come here today; we Obas are nothing before the Almighty God because God is the King of kings and the Lord of lords.

“It is God who installs kings, he is the King today, tomorrow and forever. I am so happy to have the Orangun to my right and the Alara to my right and we are all going to see the Ajero together.

“Unity has come to Yoruba land, there is nothing like unity. It is my prayer that our youths will be gainfully employed, the barren will be fruitful and when there is unity, there will be development, things will go well.

“The new era in Yoruba land will good things to us, we want our youths to be empowered, businessmen and businesswomen to be prosperous in their businesses. Peace will reign in Aramoko, peace will reign in Ekiti, peace will reign in Yoruba land.”

The Ooni presented some traditional gifts to the Alara.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Alara, Oba Adeyemi, congratulated the Ooni on his ascension to the throne of his forefathers wishing him a long and fruitful reign.

Oba Adeyemi said further: “The entire people of Southwest in particular and indeed Nigerians are deeply impressed by your (Ooni’s) campaign for love, unity and understanding among the Yoruba royal fathers rather than unhealthy competition for supremacy among Yoruba Obas.

“That was a notable step in the right direction I must say, without equivocation Your Imperial Majesty. You made a good start and an indelible mark.

“Equally highly impressive is your Youth Empowerment Programme through a focused agricultural revolution which is already making waves. Your Imperial Majesty, your widely acclaimed recent tour of the United States with a huge retune of traditional rulers among others is a major boost for Yoruba culture and its sacred traditional institution.”

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