Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi has promised that he would work for the unity of the Yoruba race with vigour during his reign.
Oba Ogunwusi said the Yoruba race would have been the shakers and movers of the country’s politics and economy in view of its intellectual power and material resources, but for disunity in its ranks due to ideological differences among other issues.
The Ooni made the promise at the weekend when members of the Afenifere Renewal Group, ARG led by its national chairman, Hon Wale Oshun, paid a courtesy visit on him at his palace in Ile Ife, Osun State.
The Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ Correspondents’ Chapel, Ekiti State, paid similar visit to the revered monarch on the same day.
Oba Ogunwusi described the South-West as very pivotal to the peace of the country because of its human intellectual and economic resources.
He pointed out that his interest for the unity of the region was his love for development and for protection of Yoruba
history as a people who have penchant for excellence and to be at the forefront when critical decisions are taken rather than taking a back seat.
“When I came onto this throne through divine favour, I promised to work with all like-minded Yoruba persons to move the South-West up in all spheres.
“I have been following the trends for some time and I realised that Yoruba is critical to Nigeria’s survival. Whatever happens in this zone always affects others; so I believe that if we can ensure peace here, we will get development and Nigeria and even the entire world will be at peace.
“Yoruba is having problems today because of lack of unity. This is the time we must assess the past, the present and make projection for the future. We must learn how to work together regardless of our differences because each ethnic group has a unique power that distinguishes it from others.
“The natural endowment in Ekiti is different from that of Ogun. That of Osun is different from Oyo, Lagos and others, but we are all exceedingly blessed in a certain area.
“So, if we are united and combine all these natural endowments together, then development will come and Yoruba will take its pride of place in this nation.
“Development is not difficult to achieve, but what is difficult is unity and that is why this is going to be my focus.
“I am ready to meet with all groups that are committed to development of this zone like ARG has done to achieve this. We have to make sacrifices and part of these sacrifices is to love one another not minding what it will cost,” the royal father advised.
He commended ARG for its commitment and sacrifices to the development of the South-West, particularly since the advent of the nascent democracy in 1999.
The ARG national chairman tasked the monarch to bring all Yoruba in the six South-West states as well as those in Kwara, Kogi and Edo States together for the much needed unity to be attained.
Oshun said, considering the passion and zeal Oba Ogunwusi had displayed since he was enthroned, ARG was confident that the South-West would bounce back to its feet as a pacesetter in the country in all spheres, in no distant time.