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Arole Oodua and Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi Ojaja II on Sunday 18 January, 2015, made a shocking and unscheduled visit to the palace of the Alaafin Of Oyo, Oba Olayiwola Adeyemi to celebrate the 45th coronation anniversary of the Alaafin of Oyo.
Speaking at the thanksgiving service to commemorate the anniversary, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi, though uninvited emphasized that he enthroned the seat of his forefathers to unify all Yoruba sons and daughters across the nation and all over the world.
Oba Enitan in his quest to unite Yoruba nations said“I am here today though not invited but as the Arole Oduduwa, the onus is on me to felicitate with all sons and daughters wherever they are and to show my solidarity to any of them.
”I am ready to damn any consequences or insinuations from anywhere; my mission here is to preach peace among nations of Yoruba both home and abroad and I am ready to work with Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Olayiwola Adeyemi to project the unity and love which we believe is existing in days of our forefathers.”
Ooni of Ife, who was accompanied to the 45th thanksgiving service of Alaafin by over 100 monarchs across all Yoruba land called for the support of all Obas in Yoruba land.
Earlier in his speech, Oba Olayiwola Adeyemi who expressed joy with the presence of Ooni and all Obas in Yoruba land, maintained that if every monarch in the land unite, there would be tremendous progress in Nigeria. He said, “This special visit was done last in March 1937, that was the first time the kings in Yorubaland met in Oyo town and today history was made with the visit of Arole Oodua Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II and I feel delighted to host you and to reassure you that I will be ready to work with you.
While describing his relationship with the Ooni, the Alaafin said “I have a tight relationship with Ooni Adesoji Aderemi and I did not want to relent my bound with any Ooni of Ife that assumes the post but everybody has his own little differences.”
Rt, Rev, Titus Ilori Omoniyi, the bishop of Oyo Diocese emphasized that the unity within the Yoruba nation would bring progress and development and this will lead to unprecedented progress to the nations, “Ooni has made an unforgettable visit in history of yorubaland and I laud your 11 points which centered on youth empowerment programmes and cultural drive and implore all Obas to emulate the Arole Oodua, Enitan and drive away poverty and crime,” he said.
On his part, Bishop Ayo Ladigbolu said he was shocked with the unscheduled visit of the Ooni, saying, “It is a great day for all Yoruba Obas and the Yoruba nation, this phenomenon is epoch with the presence of all the royal dignitaries in attendance because I have never seen any event where this large number of Obas were present at a time”.
Among royal fathers who accompanied Arole Oodua includes Orangun of Ila, Ajero of Ijero. Timi Of Ede, Akinrun of Ikinrun, Olu of Yewa, Alara of Aramoko, Oore of Otun, Alayemore of Efon Alaye, Olu of Yewa, Timi od Ede among others.
The two Monarchs had a 20 minutes closed door meeting during the grand reception after which the Ooni and his entourage of his guest was seen off by the Alaafin to the major Express Road linking Ibadan and Oyo town.
Ile Ife is the cradle of Ododua the progenitor of the Yoruba nation. The Yorubas are the second largest tribal group in Nigeria.