The Awujale and Paramount ruler of Ijebuland, Oba (Dr) Sikiru Kayode Adetona has advised the new Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi to be wary of politicians, sychophants and other praise singers that might want to sway him.
The Ogun State monarch on Friday said this while playing host to the new Ooni during an historic visit of the Ooni to the Aawujale’s palace in Ijebu Ode area of Ogun State.
The monarch explained that one of the problems confronting the unity of Yoruba nation was the patronage by some yoruba Obas who were bent on currying favours from the corridors of power.
Awulaje further advised the Ooni to stay away from politics adding that Obas should not turn themselves to organising secretaries or agents of political parties.
He however posited that Obas should only be agents of their communities in order to bring the goodies of government to them adding that the unity of Yorubas would bring many developments to the Yoruba nation.
He said, “your statement during your coronation was commendable and a unifying factor, the collective thing is peace.
“Always watch the praise singers within the Yoruba society, there are many of them with bad intention but if we are together, we can achieve a lot for our people. Whatever we say should be sacrosanct.
“But a situation where an Oba wants a contract or oil business from government, there will always be problem. Obas should not be agents or organising secretary of political parties, if we want to be an agent, we should be an agent of our people,” Awujale said.
Earlier in his address, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi stressed the need for all traditional rulers in Yoruba land to embrace oneness and unity in the overall interest of the land.
Oba Ogunwusi who arrived the expansive compound of the Awujale’s Palace at about 12.57pm in company with traditional rulers and Chiefsfrom Ile-Ife, said the decision to visit Oba Adetona was to garner from his wealth of experience having reigned for 56 years.
The monarch described the Awujale as an upright and forthright traditional ruler which all traditional rulers must learn from and support noting that he had come to seek more knowledge from the monarch because he had no plan to fail in any circumstances.
Oba Ogunwusi expressed displeasure that Yoruba unity had been in disarray, recalling that the last meeting that brought all Yoruba Obas together was in 1941.
“All traditional rulers in Yoruba land must be in unison. We must all come together to work for the unity of the land. The last meeting that brought all Yoruba traditional rulers together was in 1941. This is not supposed to be. ‎The Yoruba nation is blessed with people and good cultural heritage. We must promote peace and unity as traditional rulers for the sake of our subjects and the development of the land,” the Ooni said.
He expressed confidence that peace and unity had since returned to Yoruba land and prayed for a long last relationship among Yoruba Obas.

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