NEWS New Ooni of Ife Ogun­wusi to be crowned in 3 weeks

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Ab­dul-Hammed Oyeg­bade, Osogbo

The newly ap­pointed Ooni of Ife, Oba Adey­eye Eni­tan Ogun­wusi will be crowned in 21 days time, Daily Trust has gath­ered.

One of the Ife king­mak­ers dis­closed this in Ile-Ife shortly af­ter an­nounce­ment of the ap­point­ment of the new monarch by the Osun State Gov­ern­ment.

Hun­dreds of in­di­genes and res­i­dents of Ile-Ife yes­ter­day stormed the streets in jubilation over the ap­point­ment of the new Ooni, who is from the Giesi Rul­ing House.

The state gover­nor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola yes­ter­day of­fi­cially an­nounced the ap­point­ment of Prince Ogun­wusi as the new Ooni of Ife through a let­ter signed by the sec­re­tary to the state gov­ern­ment, Al­haji Mos­hood Adeoti.

One of the Ife king­mak­ers who is also the sec­re­tary to Ife Tra­di­tional Coun­cil, Chief Adetoye Olatunde Ode­wole while speak­ing with Daily Trust at the Ooni’s palace said Ogun­wusi was unan­i­mously voted by the14 out of 16 king­mak­ers as two of them were late.

Ode­wole ex­plained that the se­lec­tion of Ogun­wusi fol­lowed due process and that his name was sub­mit­ted to the gov­ern­ment at the week­end for of­fi­cial an­nounce­ment.

He said out of the 21 con­tenders from the Giesi rul­ing house, the oracle ap­proved the nom­i­na­tion of Ogun­wusi when the Ifa was con­sulted and that the king­mak­ers also voted in tan­dem with the choice of the oracle.

Re­act­ing to the ap­point­ment of Ogun­wusi, one of the con­tenders, the former com­mis­sioner for cul­ture and tourism in

Osun state who con­tested against Ogun­wusi, Prince Sikiru Adet­ona Aye­dun hailed the ap­point­ment of the new monarch and con­grat­u­lated him.

“Ile-Ife is greater than all of us and we must all work to­gether for his great­ness. The ef­forts of Gover­nor Rauf Aregbesola can­not but be com­mended for his lead­er­ship role in mak­ing the process cri­sis free.

“The Ife king­maker also de­serves com­men­da­tion for their unity of pur­pose. Above all, I con­grat­u­late all Ife sons and daugh­ters both at home and in di­as­pora on the emer­gence of our new Ooni. I wish him a mem­o­rable and event­ful corona­tion in ad­vance,” he said.

Also, the spokesper­son of the Lafogido Rul­ing House, Sooko Adeleke Ade­woyin said since gov­ern­ment has ac­cepted and an­nounced the choice of the king­mak­ers, his rul­ing house would not fight the gov­ern­ment.

It would be re­called that the case in­sti­tuted by Lafogido rul­ing house against the se­lec­tion process adopted by the king­mak­ers was dis­missed by the Osun State High Court in Osogbo on Fri­day, paving way for the an­nounce­ment.

The Lafogido rul­ing house urged the peo­ple of Ile-Ife to re­main calm.

The fa­ther of the new Ooni, Pa Ogun­wusi in a chat with Daily Trust said “God has sent him on a mes­sage. He will give him the grace to do the job well. The glory of God has been upon him right from child­hood with the hope that his fame will be heard about in the whole world and that has hap­pened to­day and he is go­ing to be a bless­ing to Ife peo­ple.”

When Daily Trust vis­ited the an­cient town yes­ter­day, it ob­served that heav­ily armed mil­i­tary men were on pa­trol, while armed po­lice men and of­fi­cers of the Se­cu­rity and Civil Defence Corps were seen at the Ooni’s palace and other strate­gic places.

Also, some king­mak­ers, palace chiefs, tra­di­tional rulers were in high spir­its at the Emese courts of the palace. The town re­mained peace­ful and peo­ple were go­ing about their busi­nesses as usual.

Mem­bers of the Giesi Rul­ing House thronged the house of the fa­ther of the Ooni to re­joice with him over the ap­point­ment of his son, flaunt­ing a big poster bear­ing the pic­ture of Prince Ogun­wusi.

The new Ooni of Ife is an es­tate en­trepreneur and he holds a Higher Na­tional Diploma (HND) in Ac­coun­tancy. The 40-year-old Prince Ogun­wusi grad­u­ated from the Polytech­nic Ibadan and he is cur­rently the Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of Howard Roark Gar­dens Lim­ited.

Speaker of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, Yakubu Dog­ara (mid­dle) as­sisted by other dig­ni­taries cuts the prayer for Nige­ria cake in Jerusalem, Is­rael yes­ter­day.

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