As a sign of respect and honour, former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Friday prostrated before the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi as he paid the foremost traditional ruler in Yorubaland a courtesy visit at his palace in Ile Ife.
Obasanjo, who was accompanied to the palace by Otunba Oyewole Fasawe, Dr. Femi Okunnu and others, prostrated flat before the Ooni on his arrival at the palace.
Obasanjo, who lauded the moves being made by the Ooni to unite all Yoruba Obas and people, urged other monarchs to support Ogunwusi to ensure that all of them were united.
The former President stated that the unity move by the Ooni was important for the progress of Yorubaland. He urged Oba Ogunwusi not to relent in his move to ensure unity, stressing that Ife remained the source of the Yoruba race.
He said, “I commend the role of Ooni in ensuring peace in Yorubaland. Continue what you are doing, especially your unity course. I am happy with the moves so far. It is only a sign of honour for the Ooni to visit anyone. That does not deny Ile-Ife of its position in the history of Yorubaland.”
Obasanjo, who was ushered into the palace by drummers and praise singers at the palace jokingly cautioned them from singing Owu la ko da (Owu town was the first to be created).
He said that song was not appropriate especially at the Ooni’s Palace because of the paramount position of Ile-Ife, which is the source of Yoruba people.
Obasanjo said he was very happy with the steps taken by the Ooni so far, saying the moves had proved that he did not support a wrong person to occupy the exalted throne.
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