The Owa Obokun of Ijesaland, Oba Gabriel Adekunle Aromolaran has described the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi as a pillar whom all Yoruba people must support to take Yorubaland to a greater height.
Oba Aromolaran, the Paramount ruler of Ijesaland stated this on Tuesday in Ile-Ife during a historic courtesy visit to Oba Ogunwusi in Ile-Ife.
The Owa, who came with a large numbers of monarchs from Ijesaland, chiefs and prominent Ijesa sons and daughters said he was happy to pay the Oonirisa a visit for the first time since he ascended the sacred throne of their father Oduduwa”
“I see Your Majesty as God’s chosen for this generation because your programme of ‘peace and unity” that you preach around the world is what is needed at this time in Yorubaland”.
Oba Aromolaran explained that the visit was to personally invite Ooni to his forthcoming 80th birthday ceremony holding later in the October 2017 at Ilesa.
“I’m here to personally invite the Arole Oodua to my 80th birthday coming later this month of October.”
“This is the first time I would be celebrating my birthday on earth; and I see that I cannot do such without informing the Ooni of Ife and the entire people of Ile-Ife who are my direct siblings because this place is the ancestral home of all the Ijesa people and Yoruba as a whole”.
“After deliberations at home with my children, the Obas, chiefs, and prominent Ijesas children at home and in diaspora, it was unanimously decided that Ooni of Ife and Alaafin of Oyo should be the Royal Fathers of the day. That is why I had to come and personally invite Oonirisa to the event as I cannot send the invite to Ooni through a representative”.
He pledged to join Ooni in his peace movements and always be part of any event being put together to celebrate the sacred throne of Oduduwa.
In a remark, Ooni Ogunwusi appreciated God for sparing the life of Oba Adekunle Aromolaran to witness 80 years of age on the surface of the earth.
Oba Ogunwusi acknowledged God for giving the royal father sound health and long life on the throne and assured Oba Aromolaran and his people of his physical presence at the occasion as invited.
“Kabiyesi, you will recall that I have visited you twice at your palace in Ilesa since I was enthroned as the Ooni of Ife less than two years ago”
“Thank you so much for this honour, this place undoubtedly belongs to you and all other descendants of Oduduwa as we Ife people are just the ones keeping home for everyone”
While pledging to maintain peace and harmony among the traditional rulers, Ooni of Ife expressed joy to have been born in the same month of October with the Owa Aromolaran.
Oba Ogunwusi used the avenue to call all people born in October, who were in the hall, numbering about 30, to come out to receive different envelopes of cash gifts.