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My ascension to the throne is divine, says Ooni of Ife 

By Wahab Akanji, Abuja 


The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja II has insisted that his ascension to the throne was divine and not by his power. 


This is coming just as he stated that he has many plans in the pipeline to empower youths in Yorubaland among other developmental programmes. 


Speaking with State House correspondents after a brief meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari behind closed doors at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Oba Ogunwusi said, “I have a clear strategy: if you don’t want to accept me, I will accept you. 

“It is very important and I will be very persistent about it because it is a divine calling. It is not by my power nor by my might. It is a calling from the King of kings who actually appointed me to this throne. 

“So I will be very persistent. About acceptability, if you do not accept me today, you will accept me tomorrow. It is a clear mission and I will be persistent about it.” He added. 

On the other social welfare plans he has for his people apart from mass transit, the Ooni said: “There is a lot. I am currently working with the Minister of Agriculture. We have been able to assembly over 200,000 youths within a space of 30 days. It is unbelievable. We are encouraging them to go back to the farm. 

“Something happened in Nigeria that we did not notice. Last year October, crude oil price started going down astronomically but cocoa price went up over 100 percent and nobody noticed it. 

“Nigeria in the early 1930s and 1940s was the largest exporter of cocoa in the world and the farmlands are still there.

So what we have been able to do now is that is another positive indicator for the nation’s economy. 

“We have been able to assemble youths and we are giving them five acres per youth so that they will go back to the farm. 

“The Federal Government is supporting us very well. So it is going to be a model that will be replicated in all parts of the country.” 

He advised the youth not to look for fast ways of making money, but to go back to the basis. 

On his purpose of his visit to the Villa, he said: “The meeting with the President was about peace and progress of the nation which he stands for and I stand for. What is also key is youth empowerment. That is the main purpose of this meeting. 

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