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New Ooni urged to foster unity

27 October 2015, 14:18

Abuja - Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has congratulated the newly-elected Ooni (traditional ruler) of Ife-designate, Prince Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi.

He advised him to further solidify the role of the Yoruba people in national unity.

Saraki wished the Ooni-elect (aged 40) a long and peaceful reign, sound health and many years of service to his people.

“I am particularly delighted that the approval of your appointment by the Governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, came at a time  when the
youthful zest, experience, and knowledge of global best   practices, which
you possess in abundance, are needed to move the traditional institution and most especially, the revered throne of the Ife Kingdom, to the next level,” said Saraki in a message to Ogunwusi.

Also read: Ogunwusi emerges new Ooni of Ife

“I have no doubt that your present assignment would greatly enhance the bond of unity that exists among the Yorubas as well as contribute immensely to the growth and development of our dear country” Saraki said.

The Senate President assured the new monarch the Senate would continue to hold the traditional institution in high esteem, considering the role they play in ensuring peaceful coexistence among the people, promotion of worthy cultural values in the society and sustenance of national traditions.

He encouraged Oba-elect Ogunwusi to sustain the harmonious relationship between his subjects and other kingdoms around his domain as a way of building on the impeccable legacies of the late Oba Okunade Sijuade of blessed memory.

The Senate President also enjoined the new Ooni of Ife not to see his ascension to the throne of his forefathers as a mere fulfillment of a life-long ambition but a divine opportunity to use his vast knowledge and royal wisdom to positively improve on the wellbeing and living standard of his immediate subjects as well as uplifting the glory of the Yoruba race across the continent.

“May your ascension to the throne of your forebears mark the beginning of a new era of prosperity, peace, development and progress for your immediate subjects, the Yoruba race and the entire nation."

Ogunwusi’s election as the 51st Ooni of Ile-Ife comes three three months after the death of Oba Okunade Sijuwade.

- CAJ News


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