By Gbenga Olarinoye
Osogbo—The Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, Aje Ogungunniso 1, in continuation of peace moves among traditional rulers in Yorubaland yesterday made an historic visit to the ancient town of Ile-Ife, where he led his entourage to pay homage to the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi.
Oba Adetunji had last week paid similar visit to the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi111.
Speaking at the Ooni’s palace, the Olubadan gave a vivid account of how God used him to settle a rift involving an Ooni and Alaafin, stressing the need for unity among royal fathers in Yorubaland.
Though Oba Adetunji did not mention which Ooni disagreed with Alaafin and the cause of the disagreement, he however commended Oba Ogunwusi for exhibiting leadership in his reign so far.
Olubadan noted that since all Yoruba people believe that they are descendants of Oduduwa and that, as the progenitor of the race, Oduduwa reigned in Ile Ife, whoever is Ooni is the natural leader of the race.
Speaking in similar vein, Aseyin of Iseyin, Oba Abdul-Ganiyu Ologunebi, who was in Ooni’s palace on private visit, said Ooni Ogunwusi’s peaceful disposition and crusade of love should be supported to secure the future of the race.
According to him, the position of Ooni is clear in Yoruba history and declared that royal fathers in Oke Ogun will soon pay a visit to Ooni Ogunwusi in his palace in recognition of his leadership.
Responding, Oba Ogunwusi said he does not see himself as wielding sole authority in Yorubaland, explaining that he is on the throne to look after the cradle of the Yoruba race on behalf of other yoruba monarchs.