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Friday, February 12, 2016


I won’t join any supremacy tussle – Ooni wisely replies Oba of Benin

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, has distanced himself from any supremacy battle with any traditional ruler in the country, saying he is committed to the task of uniting all the descendants of Oduduwa and would not want to be distracted.
The statement from the royal father was in response to a statement credited to the palace of the Oba of Benin that the Oba of the kingdom was greater than any Yoruba Oba, and that he would not want to be dragged into the matter.
The statement from the Palace of the Ooni and signed by the Director of its Media and Public Affairs, Mr. Moses Olafare, said the Alake of Egba land, Oba Aremu Gbadebo, who had ranked the leading Obas in Yoruba land had done so in his own rights as a bona-fide Oodua descendant.
“Let me emphasize for the umpteenth time that Kabiyesi Ooni is less concerned over any supremacy battle. His only interest for now on the sacred throne of Oduduwa is to explore measures through which the collective interest and genuine unity among Yoruba and other tribes within the larger House of Oduduwa can be enhanced.
“This informed his resolve to build bridges of harmony among Yourba Obas. He is, therefore, resolutely committed to how Yoruba ethnic group can restore its glory and pride position among other ethnic inclinations in Nigeria and wouldn’t want to be dragged into supremacy contest or join issues with anybody.
“The statement credited to the Alake of Egbaland did not emanate from us but the reality is that as a highly experienced and well informed monarch kabiyesi Alake who is a bona-fide Oodua descendant is entitled to his opinion based on his knowledge and understanding of history. We in Oduduwa land have always seen and regarded our people in Benin kingdom as part and parcel of Oduduwa House. They are our brothers and sisters, coupled with historical facts to backup this position… We still identify with them as our kinsmen, regardless of the attempt to change the course of history,” the palace stated.

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