Abuja - President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Prince Adeyeye Ogunwusi on his emergence as the 51st Ooni of Ife and successor to the late Oba Okunade Sijuwade.
This is contained in a statement issued in Abuja by Mr Femi Adesina the president’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity.
It said that Buhari, on behalf of the Federal Government and the people of Nigeria, rejoiced with Adeyeye on his nomination as Ooni by Ife kingmakers.
The president noted that the new Ooni emerged after a keenly contested but peaceful selection process and his subsequent confirmation by Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun on Monday.
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He urged the Ooni-designate to commit himself to carrying his subjects along to a new era of peace, stability and progress in Ife, Yorubaland and Nigeria as a whole.
"As you prepare to begin the rites of ascension to the revered throne of your great ancestors, you should be prepared to put your new position as Ooni and principal custodian of the rich cultural heritage and traditions of the Yorubas to good use in the service of your people and country," he said.
Buhari called on Adeyeye to dedicate himself to building on and surpassing the worthy legacies of his much-acclaimed predecessor, Oba Sijuwade.
He urged him to work with the government and other traditional rulers across the country to foster harmony and socio-economic development across the country.
He prayed that as Adeyeye ascended to the grand throne of the Ooni of Ife, "God Almighty will grant him the immense wisdom and courage he will require to oversee further progress and greater prosperity for his people."
The President wished the new Ooni "long and highly" successful reign in the service of his people and country.