- Alaafin cleared the air on controversies surrounding the announcement of Gani Adams as the 15th Aare Onakakanfo on 15th October 2017.
The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III on Sunday declared the National Coordinator of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), Chief Gani Adams as the 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo (Generalissimo) of Yorubaland.
Recall that the acclaimed winner of the June 12th 1993 presidential election, Late Chief Moshood Kasimawo Olawale Abiola who died on July 10, 1998 was the last holder of the prestigious Yoruba traditional title. Abiola it was also gathered succeeded Late Samuel Ladoke Akintola, the then Premier of the defunct Western region who was killed on January 15th, 1966 during the first Military coup.
Since the demise of Abiola in 1998, the position of the Aare Ona Kakanfo (Generalissimo), head of Yoruba warriors had been vacant until today (Sunday) when a letter of appointment was given to the OPC leader by Oba Adeyemi.
Personal Assistant to Adams, Segun Akanni who confirmed the development in a telephone conversation at about 7.24pm on Sunday declared that the OPC leader was happy to be honoured with the prestigious Yoruba traditional title.
Akanni said, “Yes. It is true. We just received the appointment letter this evening.
Also, in a short write up while confirming the appointment, Akanni said, “God has done it. Thanks and honour be to Almighty God, the creator of Heaven and Earth.
“As from today Sunday 15th, October 2017, that man with many chieftaincy titles, The proud Son of Arigidi Akoko, The National Coordinator of Oodua People’s Congress, The Convener of Oodua Progressive Union, The Founder of Gani Adams Foundation, The Chief Promoter of Olokun Festival Foundation, The Chairman/CEO of Donyx Global Concept, Aare Gani Adams becomes The 15th AARE ONAKAKANFO OF YORUBA LAND.
“Special thanks to His Imperial Majesty Oba Lamidi Adeyemi Olayiwola Atanda, The Alaafin of Oyo, Iku Baba Yeye Yeye”.
A delegation of the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi has paid a courtesy visit on the Olubadan-designate, High Chief Saliu Adetunji at his Popoyemoja villa, Ibadan.
The high-powered Oyomesi delegation was led by the Basorun Oyo, High Chief Yusuf Akinade.
Another guest, former Minister of Power, Elder Wole Oyelese described the incoming Olubadan as a man of history, being the first to ascend the throne from Popoyemoja area.
Former Permanent Secretary, Oyo State Civil Service, Chief Ajibola expressed the belief that High Chief Adetunji’s era would be marked with tremendous development and peace.
Other callers at the incoming Olubadan’ house included Oyo state Chairman of NURTW, Alhaji Taofeeq Oyerinde, Artisan groups and religious organisations.
Foremost Yoruba monarch Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi and his counter part in Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyeye and other Nigerian celebrities yesterday stormed the traditional wedding ceremony of Popular BEAT FM OAP, Toolz Oniru and her husband Capt. Tunde Demuren which took place yesterday at Landmark event center, Oniru Lagos.
Banky W, Noble Igwe, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, Tiwa Savage, Waje, Latasha, Wizkid and others were in attendance.
The Controversial Lagos brothers, Joro and Dokun Olumofin were also in attendance.
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The Yoruba Obas Conflict Resolution Committee has described the presence of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Eniitan Ogunwusi, at the Church thanksgiving service to mark the 45th year coronation of the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi as turning-point for the Yorubas.
The committee, at the end of its meeting in Ibadan on Tuesday said the renewed friendship between the two monarchs would lead to stronger ties in the Yoruba race.
The secretary of the committee, Oba Saliu Oyemonlaa Azeez, Sabiganna of Iganna in a statement said the committee would consolidate on the Ooni’s peace initiative to ensure that all Yorubas work in harmony for the growth and development of the race.
He said the committee, during the reign of the immediate past Ooni of Ife, had made similar moves to bring the two leaders together but had not been successful.
He said with the two leaders now willing to work together as prominent members of the Yorubas, the marginalisation of the race at the national level would be tackled effectively.
“With Alaafin and Ooni in the forefront of any struggle or agitation by the Yoruba, it is certain that nobody can deny us our dues again which is why we must praise the wisdom and sagacity of the new Ooni and to commend him to keep the flag flying”, he added.
He urged South West politicians to also ensure that they do not bring disunity amongst the Yorubas by their selfish actions.