Tributes, eulogies, fanfare and jubilation enveloped the ancient city of Ile-Ife yesterday when the new Ooni, His Royal Majesty, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II was presented with the staff of office as the paramount ruler of the historical town believed to be the cradle of the Yoruba race.
The momentous event which was the high point of the coronation ceremonies that took place at the palatial premises of the popular Ooni Palace at Ile-Odua was attended by a galaxy of eminent dignitaries from all walks of life across the country and in the Diaspora.
Among them were the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, governors Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State, Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State and Ambode of Lagos State, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar and All Progressives Congress, APC national leader, Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Others included Osun, Ogun and Oyo states House of Assembly members, Christian and Muslim clerics, royal fathers from the South West, South South and the East, academics, business maguls among others.
In his remarks, Osinbajo who arrived the venue of the event at exactly 11: 40 am, while paying glowing tributes to the new Ooni tasked him on hard work, character, integrity and respect for the virtues of the Yoruba race.
“The position is not for ostentation but for service to humanity. As we hand over the staff of office to you today, we are reminded that you have the primary responsibility of being the physical undertone of the virtue of Omoluabi,” Osinbajo said.
The Vice President who quoted from Ecclesiastes 10:16-17 urged the Ooni to apply God’s wisdom on the throne to be able to succeed.
The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, who spoke on behalf of the traditional rulers, also urged Oba Ogunwusi to contribute meaningfully to the ongoing peace efforts in the country, noting that his enthronement came at a time the country needs credible agents of peace, harmony and progress.
Governor Rauf Aregbesola, before he presented the staff of office to the new Ooni, urged him to imbibe the principles of fear of God, justice, fairness and righteousness to be able to succeed on the throne.
He also urged him to use the throne to usher in a new era of peace, harmony, progress and prosperity not only in Ife but also Osun State and the country, noting: “You came to the throne at a time the Yoruba race needs progress, unity and harmony more than ever before.”
Aregbesola then presented the staff of office to the Ooni at exactly1:51 pm amid thunderous ovation and jubilation by the teeming crowd.
Aregbesola also enjoined Oba Ogunwusi not to place personal interest ahead of the interest of the people he is coming to lead.
“You must be guided by their interests, which include political, ideological and social. Love them, guide them, listen to them, be a father to all of them, be in touch with them and help them to achieve their goals,” the governor said.
He also urged the new Ooni to make youth development his priority by also mobilizing them to achieve their purposes and also be law abiding to constituted authorities.