By Gbenga Olarinoye,
Osogbo – The Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Babatunde Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi Ojaja11, was Monday presented with the staff of office and instrument of appointment by Osun state governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola.
The event held at Afewonro park, Enuwa, which had in attendance, Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, governors of Osun, Ogun, Oyo and Lagos, came exactly 35 years and one day after the immediate past Ooni, Oba Okunade Sijuade was presented staff of office by Late Chief Bola Ige.
In his goodwill message, Vice President, Prof. Osinbajo, who represented President Mohammadu Buhari at the event, said the throne of Ooni, being a deep and revered institution among the Yoruba people carries the responsibility of the race.
He told the new monarch to exercise courage, integrity and loyalty to truth and charged him to be virtuous an used his position to work for the unity of the country.
The Vice President also charged the new Ooni to engage the youths in his domain positively and productively and make them to be responsible.
According to him, the event was historic and rare in all ramification saying it will remain indelible in the contemporary history of Yoruba race.
He noted that Ile Ife is blessed to have a youthful monarch at this critical period in Nigeria history and prayed for the annointing of virtuous of leadership as explained in the book of Ecclesiastes, chapter 10 verses 16 and 17.
Prof. Osinbajo stated that the stool of Ooni bestole on him the responsibility of carrying the responsibility of his people.
In his remarks, Osun state governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, said as long as throne of Ooni comes will lots of privileges, calling on the monarch to handle the responsibilities attach to the throne with fear of God and large heartedness.