Elders charge Ooni-elect on Yoruba unity
In a congratulatory letter signed by the President of the socio-cultural group, General Adeyinka Adebayo and its Secretary Chief Idowu Sofola (SAN), the group noted that Ile Ife would not only be blessed by him appointment but the entire Yoruba nation.
The group urged him to use the royal office to champion the course of the common man.
According to the Yoruba elders also known as Igbimo Agba Yoruba, ‘We urge you to do your best to ensure fairness, justice, unity, peace and harmony among the Yoruba race and Nigeria at large. We further urge that you never relent in championing the course of the common man and the betterment of their lives at all times. We pray the Almighty God to guide and guard you in the heavy task.
“With profound felicity, we wish you a long, peaceful and eventful reign following your feat as a successful tycoon and your notable contributions to the corporate world. We have no doubt that the good people of Ile-Ife and indeed all the Yoruba race will be extremely blessed with your reign. We are convinced that your time will bring notable and unprecedented growth and development to Ile-Ife, Osun State and Yoruba nation in general.
“As we offer our best wishes for your reign, we pray that this ascension will mark the beginning of a new era of love, harmony and progress for the entire Yoruba nation and Nigeria as a whole. May God give you the strength, wisdom and every wherewithal required for a most successful reign. Do have a propitious reign as Ooni, Your Majesty.
Meanwhile, the mandatory installation rites being undertaking in seclusion by the Ooni –elect, Prince Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi would peak in Obatala Shrine.
A source said yesterday that, as part of the tutelage for kingship and other traditional rites to be performed in Ilofi by the new Ooni is a five-day traditional worship of Obatala that must be held by Ogunwusi before the end of the 21 days in seclusion.
Obatala is a goddess of the land being worshipped by adherents for peace, progress and bountiful harvest of farm produce
It could not be confirmed yesterday whether the five days would be between the 21 days he would spend in Ilofi, or after, as only members of Isoro deity could comment on it.