By Aduloju Daniel
The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, on Monday, urged the newly proclaimed Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yoruba Land, Otunba Gani Adams, to use his new position to right the wrongs in Yoruba land, even as he described him as the right choice for the position.
Ooni of Ife made the submission during a visit by the 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo to him in his palace in Ile Ife.
Congratulating the Aare designate, Ooni applauded his choice and prayed that God empowers him to carry out the work assigned to him to do for Yoruba land, stressing that there is no doubt his choice is as a result of his antecedent as a fearless fighter for the emancipation of Yoruba interests by peaceful means.
He also said that the Aare Ona Kakanfo is a warrior who has a big role to play in the emancipation and unity of his people, hence the importance attached to the title.
“The title is not a social chieftaincy title, but one with robust traditional background and expectations,” he said, praying also that God would continue to uplift Adams.
Explaining that Aare Ona Kakanfo is a warrior, he wants the Aare to, “this time, wage the war for the unity of Yoruba land,” which Gani had been propagating before.”
The Ooni described the Yorubas as front runners and urged the Aare to ensure the race remains a frontrunner.
“The Aare Ona Kakanfo is deep and its importance known mainly to the elders. Use your tenure for good, embrace both the natives and strangers among us. Rely on God and He will help you” the Ooni said.
Otunba Adams, reacting, said he deliberately decided to make Ooni’s palace his first place of official visit since his proclamation as the 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo because of the value he attaches to Ife as his place of origin as a Yoruba man, and as the cradle of the Yoruba culture.
The Aare said the unity of the Yoruba race is paramount to him and promised to do everything in his power to work towards achieving it.
Gani exoressed his gratitude to the Ooni for his previous support, even as he sought the Ooni’s further support to successfully carry out his new assignment for the Yoruba race and also to further promote the Yoruba culture.