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The newly crowned Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi Ojaja II, received his staff of office and instrument of appointment on Monday, December 7, from Governor Rauf Aregbesola.
Ooni Of Ife, Prince Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi
The ceremony was graced by prominent personalities in the southwest and beyond. Those that witnessed the epoch-making event included the vice president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Governors Akinwunmi Ambode, Ibikunle Amosun, Abiola Ajimobi, His Eminence Saad Abubakar III, the Sultan of Sokoto, the national leader of the APC, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Chief Bisi Akande and top royal fathers.
The Ooni gave his first speech at the event and below is the full text of the speech.
It is indeed a new dawn. I usually talk from my heart. Everybody here is a parent and if you are not then you are grandparent. If you are not grandparent then you will be in your formative youthful year. There is something that is very paramount in the mind of every parent. Be it good or bad parent. All parent wish that their children to excel more than they do.
Can any parent here raise his or her hand who does not pray that kind of prayer? I don’t think we will have such kind of parent in our midst. Indeed, the answer to that prayer is my humble self in front of every parent and leaders here. I thank you all.
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His Eminence, Saad Abubakar, the Sultan of Sokoto, and I have a very long conversation yesterday night (December 6).We spoke at length about our youth in this country. You did confirm that if something is not done urgently, the kernel of power that we are sitting on might explode.
It is my honour and great privilege to be in your midst and is neither of my doing nor my power. It is indeed ordain by God. I am very close with our leaders and we have prominent leaders here sited. Please bear with us. Our people are over joyous and if we have leadership there will definitely be followership. The two goes hand-in-hand. You cannot become a king over animals or plants. It has to be human being. Let me thank God for making this day a great day. Within my age bracket to be very close to our leaders, it is indeed a royal privilege and it must not be recklessly used.
I will be great anchor between our leaders and our teeming youths. I thank God for bringing me to this throne and it is only Him that can make this happen because the event leading to my enthronement is beyond a lot of people’s imagination. I hereby, dedicate this staff of office to the entire youths of Ile-Ife, Osun state and indeed Nigeria.
But we will all do something today, we the youth, we have our morning when we were given birth to, the afternoon when we undertake most of our activities then the night when we unwind to rest. I want us to work through cohesion, teambuilding and I don’t want us to abuse our leaders all the time. Let’s look at the positive side. Nobody is perfect and I’m not preaching on their behalf either.
I am very privileged to have undertaken a lofty project that his eminence came for it commissioning. That single project has led to the employment of 3,000 Ife youths and this has impacted positively on the youth and help reduced crime rate in Ife. The crime rate has dropped drastically here and the area commander of police did confirm this. This was very simple because we built a resort using the available resource in Lagos state to achieve that goal.
I will do my best to propagate good things in term of core value, economy prosperity and upholding of our traditional value.
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Ife is so bless and as his Excellency (Professor Yemi Osinbajo) did mention earlier on that Ife is the origin of mankind. I implore everybody here that is not a myth but a reality that Ife is the source of the Yoruba race.
My basic philosophy in life is not about fighting for supremacy rather of oneness. Immediately I got the announcement that I was chosen as the next Ooni. I was very thankful to God. I met my team and pledge that I will reach out to all our royal fathers in the southwest to fashion ways to forge a common goal for the Yoruba race. I spoke with His Royal Highness, Alaafin Of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III. He was very elated and we spoke on phone at length.
I am very happy today that we are on same page. God actually prepared me for this throne. The Asiwaju (Bola Ahmed Tinubu), God will bless you. He has really touched a lot of lives.
Gradually the Yoruba race is coming together once more time (applause). That is one of my biggest achievements. Let me once more reiterate that we cannot all be leaders, some will be cook, driver and many more. We are all important. We must all come together to support our leaders to rewrite history.
Once again, I thank you all for making out time to grace this occasion. God will bless you all. Thank you for the honour.
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