According to a release received from the Office of Femi Adesina, the presidential spokesman, President Buhari rejoiced with Prince Adeyeye on his nomination as Ooni by the kingmakers of Ife after a keenly contested but peaceful selection process, and confirmation on Monday by Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State.
“As you prepare to begin the rites of ascension to the revered throne of your great ancestors, I urge you as the Ooni-designate to commit yourself to carrying all your subjects along to a new era of peace, stability and progress in Ife, Yorubaland and Nigeria as a whole.” The statement read.
|Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi|
The President then called on the Ooni-Designate to be prepared to put his new position as Ooni and principal custodian of the rich cultural heritage and traditions of the Yorubas to good use in the service of his people and country.
President Buhari also urged the Ooni-designate to dedicate himself to building on, and surpassing the worthy legacies of his much-acclaimed predecessor, Oba Sijuwade, and working with government and other traditional rulers across the country to foster greater harmony, peaceful co-existence and faster socio-economic development of his people and all Nigerians.
“As you ascend to the grand throne of the Ooni of Ife, I pray that God Almighty will grant you the immense wisdom and courage that you will require to oversee further progress and greater prosperity for your people”.
Written by Olayinka Agboola.