Ooni Prays, Seeks More Support For Governor Aregbesola

Residents and Indigenes of the State of Osun have been urged to continue supporting Governor Rauf Aregbesola and be prayerful for the success of his administration at all times.

Speaking at a New Year Prayer Service organised by the Ife Chapter of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) held in front of his palace, Oba Ogunwusi charged the people of the state to support and pray for Aregbesola.

Oba Ogunwusi posited that prayers is a vital tool to sustaining peace, enhancing growth and development of the country.

The frontline Traditional Ruler in Nigeria also called on Christians to always pray for leaders for peaceful co-existence in the country.

He prayed for President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Aregbesola to succeed in their offices and also urged the people of Ile-Ife to keep praying for the duo.

“God is the Almighty King of Kings that spared our lives throughout 2017 till date despite all challenges facing each and every one of us. There is nothing we can offer Him than to give Him all our praises throughout the days of our lives.

“Only God is worthy of our praises for we are still alive to see the new year, who can questioned God, if we all have been buried in the year 2017. Therefore, Prayers remain sacrosanct if we truly want to achieved peace and development and we must also pray for those in the position of authority. Please keep praying for Governor Rauf Aregbesola and his cabinet to succeed in their efforts to make this state a better place to live and do businesses”, Ooni said.

The Secretary of CAN, Ife chapter, Apostle Segun Olatokunbo expressed appreciation to the monarch for attending the prayer service.

PHOTO STORY: Ooni, Tambuwal, Masari Pay Condolence Visit To Aregbesola

The Ooni of Ife, HRH Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, (Ojaja II), Governor of Sokoto state, Mallam Aminu Tambuwal and his counterpart in Kastina, Alhaji Aminu Masari, have paid a condolence visit to Governor Rauf Aregbesola over the death of his mother.

Governor Aregbesola’s mother, Alhaja Saratu, popularly known as Iya Olobi, died on the 1st of August, 2017 in Ilesha, the governor’s hometown.

They prayed Almighty Allah will console the family and uphold the Governor as he continues to take the state to an enviable height.

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Ondo Monarch Slams Olugbo For Disrespecting Ooni

The traditional ruler of Igbotako and Rebuja of Osooro kingdom,in Ondo state, Oba Gbadebo Bajowas, has described the Olugbo of Ugbo kingdom, Oba Fedrick Obateru Akinruntan as a man who is ignorant of the history of Yorubaland .

The Monarch made this known at an interactive session with some select youths in his community ,who were at his palace to celebrate the Christmas.

Oba Akinruntan, who recently spoke against the people of Ile Ife described the Yoruba heroine, Moremi as a traitor.

He further explained that the Ugbo stool is the oldest in Yorubaland and that he is the leader of the Yorubas.

But Oba Bajowa,however, said that Olugbo lacks the knowledge because of his Education about the history of Ile ife and Yorubaland.

He said ile Ife represents everything in Yorubaland .

He said: ” I want to say with all humility,Olugbo is ignorant and uneducated ,If Olugbo is Educated, he will be able to read between the lines and know the true position of things.

“He is not the first Olugbo.All Yoruba monarchs have conceded the cradle of Yorubaland to Ife.

“If I have the opportunity of meeting him,I will confront and ask him questions .He must tell us his source and origin.

“If he is the source,why is he not at Ife, if he is the source, why is he not recognize in Yoruba land.”

He further said: ” Olugbo is coming now to tell us the history he knows nothing about.

“He is a stark illiterate, a man without brain .He is uneducated and this is evident in the manner he has been going around to expressed his ignorance.”

Oba Bajowa commended the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi for his efforts in ensuring peace in Yorubaland.

He described the Ooni as a man who has seen the need for unity among traditional rulers in Yorubaland.

“The Ooni of ife is a young man, very prominent and he has the sense of human in him.He has been going around to make sure Yoruba Obas are in uniformity.”

Ooni Ogunwusi Wears Aare Crown For The First Time (Photo)

The ‎Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, put on the sacred Aare crown on Saturday in Ile-Ife, Osun, for the first time amidst jubilations and local gun salute by the natives. Oba Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, performed the symbolic trip from Ile Oodua, his palace to Oke Mogun shrine, to mark this year’s Olojo Festival, being the first time he would participate in the festival as Ooni.

Olojo Festival holds annually in Ile Ife, to mark creation of the universe and “Are crown” a special crown made of 151 items. It is wore only during the celebration of the festival and was adorned by Ooni.

Decked in all white apparel, Oba Ogunwusi, had been in seclusion for 5 days. He left his residence for Oke Mogun around 4: 30p.m for the final rites before he wore mystic “Are” crown. At exactly 5 p.m. Oba Ogunwusi, emerged with Are crown holding a white dove, amidst prayers and several gunshots which began with the journey to Oke Mogun and Idi Aje.

Two major ports of call during Olojo Festival where rituals and prayers were said for the peace of Nigeria and Yoruba race. Are crown, according to sources, in Ooni’s palace weighs 100 kg, last made the trip to Oke Mogun several years ago. “ Because the late Ooni, Oba Okunade Sijuade, owing to his advance age in last 3 years of his reign did not wear Are crown even during the celebration of Olojo.

On the procession of Ooni to Oke Mogun were Ife chiefs, priests and members of Oodua People’s Congress, OPC, as well as indigenes and tourists from different parts of world. Before Ooni commenced the trip, his messengers, who wore only shorts, wielding cane performed the symbolic sprint to Oke Mogun three times to clear the route the monarch would take. The festival was peaceful, as all and sundry were in celebration mood, praying for the progress and development of the Yoruba race and the country at large.

Interactive Session Between Aregbesola And Ooni Over Deforestation (Photos)

Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola on Monday had an interactive session with the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, to discuss the high rate of deforestation at the Shasha Forest Reserve Ile-Ife,at the State House, Abere, Oshogbo. Below are pictures from the session;

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The Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi; Governor Stste of Osun,
Ogveni Rauf Aregbesola and his deputy, Mrs Titi Laoye-Tomori, during
an Interactive Session between Mr Governor and the Ooni of Ife, over
the high rate of deforestation at the Shasha Forest Reserve in
Ile-Ife, at the State Secretariat, Abere, Osogbo on Monday 18-07-2016
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From right- the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Governor
State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, his deputy, Mrs. Titi
Laoye-Tomori,
Chief of Staff to the Governor, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola and Head
of Service, Mr. Sunday Owoeye, during an Interactive Session between
Mr. Governor and the Ooni of Ife, over the high rate of deforestation
at the Shasha Forest Reserve in Ile-Ife, at the State Secretariat,
Abere, Osogbo on Monday 18-07_2016

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From right- the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Governor
State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, his deputy, Mrs. Titi
Laoye-Tomori,
Chief of Staff to the Governor, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola and Head
of Service, Mr. Sunday Owoeye, during an Interactive Session between
Mr. Governor and the Ooni of Ife, over the high rate of deforestation
at the Shasha Forest Reserve in Ile-Ife, at the State Secretariat,
Abere, Osogbo on Monday 18-07_2016
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The Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi; Governor Stste of Osun,
Ogveni Rauf Aregbesola and his deputy, Mrs Titi Laoye-Tomori, during
an Interactive Session between Mr Governor and the Ooni of Ife, over
the high rate of deforestation at the Shasha Forest Reserve in
Ile-Ife, at the State Secretariat, Abere, Osogbo on Monday 18-07-2016
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Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola; the Ooni of Ile-Ife,
Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi and Prof. Labo Popoola of the department
of forestry Resources Management, University of Ibadan, during an
Interactive Session between Mr Governor and the Ooni of Ife, over the
high rate of deforestation at the Shasha Forest Reserve in Ile-Ife, at
the State Secretariat, Abere, Osogbo on Monday 18-07-2016

Ooni Commends Aregbesola’s Handling Of Osun’s Affairs

…Governor says peace and development of the state not negotiable


The Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II has commended the maturity of the Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola in his handling of the illegal entry of ‎Ife locals and residents into the Shasha forest in the state to avert crisis.

This was even as the Governor noted that his government will do everything possible to avoid being confrontational with monarchs in the state but seek amicable ways of resolving issues that will affect the peace in the state.

Aregbesola and the Monarch stated these‎ at an interactive meeting called by the Governor preceding the issuance of white paper by the state government over the illegal entry, demarcation, allocation and farming at the Shasha Forest Reserve in Ile-Ife.

‎The meeting had in attendance: The Deputy Governor of Osun, Mrs. Grace Titi Laoye-Tomori, Chief of Staff to Aregbesola, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola, Osun Head of Service, Mr. Sunday Owoeye, security Chiefs from The Nigeria Police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, State Security Services, professionals, technocrats, traditional rulers and members of the public.

Aregbesola had earlier set up a Committee in order to foster the peaceful atmosphere that is needed for the development of the state in accordance with the six-point integral action plan of his administration

The monarch lauded Aregbesola for always adopting dialogue to engender peace in the state since assumption of office, saying the Governor had been consciously prioritizing public opinions and views in conflicts and disputes resolution.

According to the Ooni of Ife, “What we are witnessing here today is a challenge to other leaders. We should develop Government-community relationship, if we do that, there will be peace across Nigeria.

“This does not apply to Osun alone, it must go far as the Niger-Delta and the North. Whatever decision governments want to make, they must carry the locals along.‎

“Governor Aregbesola has all the executive rights based on the Land U Act of 1978, so far the land is meant for public use. But in the good spirit of Government-community relationship, for us to avert security issues, that is why we are having this interactive session on Shasha Forest Reserve.

“He could just sign off the land and damn all the consequences and we that are living within that community, the spill over of such a thing will first of all affect us either positively or negatively and we don’t even know where it can lead to. We don’t pray for a bad situation.

“Mr. Governor has displayed good leadership by engaging us, we thank you for giving us the opportunity to put our own position across”. The Monarch stated at the session.

He said no efforts would be spared in supporting the state’s efforts at ensuring peaceful resolutions over the disputed Forest Reserve which according to him has been illegally encroached on over the years.

Oba Ogunwusi attributed the importance of forest reservation to human existence as un-quantifiable, saying no nation can survive without proper maintenance of her natural environmental endowments.

He said it is very important for any ideal society to have some reserves kept not only for socio-economic advantages but for environmental protection.

“I have been a proponent of replacing nature of tree being fell at this reserve because with my various researches on this, I came to realize that it is very important for government and the community to be on the same page because people have been very lawless as regards the forest.”

Earlier, the Governor called for continued peace and harmony among the citizens saying his government adopted dialogue as the only panacea to promote sustainable peace and harmony.‎

He described wide consultation and dialogue as veritable ingredients to peaceful cohabitation among the citizenry, noting that his government is being cautious not to have any friction with the Ooni of Ife and other monarchs in the state.

Aregbesola frowned at what he described as illegal exploitation of government treasury at the Forest Reserve which according to him has caused a lot of setback over the years.

‎Governor Aregbesola urged residents and citizens to support his government in championing peace and harmony,warning against any move to disrupt the peaceful atmosphere currently enjoyed in the state.‎

The Governor reassured that no stone would be left unturned by his government at ensuring peaceful cohabitation of the citizenry especially on the need to ensure proper and adequate protection of her natural habitation and forests.‎

He said, “Everything in life is relative and subjective. Absolutism is almost impossible in human affairs and relationship and it is on that purpose and reason that I deemed it very necessary to have Ooni here, so that we can have his first-hand knowledge of steps that are necessary for the conservation of our forest reserve and the management of all relationships associated with the reserve.

“Before the public hearing and forum, I sought Ooni’s opinion and we both agreed on the need for it. When the recommendations of the panel that coordinated the public hearing came out,I refused to make it public because I realized that if justice will be done to this matter, there is the need to get Ooni’s opinion. That was the reason for today’s meeting.

Ooni Launches Ifeprenuership Summit In Osun

The Ooni Of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi II, has urged Nigerian youths to wake up and stop being job seekers but job creators if unemployment is to be reduced.

The Ooni gave the admonition at the opening ceremony of the Ifeprenuership Summit, holding in Osun State.

All speakers at the event stressed that entrepreneurship was the only way out of the menace of youth joblessness in the Nigeria.

Tagged Ife Youths Economic Summit, the event was held at the Oba Okunade Sijaude Hall, Enuwa in Ile Ife.

All the speakers further agreed that capacity Building and ‎identifying the needs of the people and the environment were major factors of production needed to interplay with capital before one could have a successful business.

The hall of the Oba Okunade Sijuwade was filled to capacity, with Youths both young and old and officials of the Bank of Industry.

Senator Babajide Omoworare, and the Ooni of Ife were some of the guest speakers.

Blame Of Unemployment

The event was convened ‎with the aim of empowering prospective entrepreneurs on the ingredients required for success in any business venture and how to access funding.

Speaking on the theme” Building Entrepreneurship Competency and Self-Reliance Among Ife Youths,” the ‎Chief Executive Officer of the Bank Of Industry, Mr Waheed Olagunju, told the youths that although capital was one of the factors required to establish a business, capacity building and knowledge of the need of the people were needed to sustains any investment.

Other Speakers, Senator Babajide Omoworare and Felix Faniran, also said there was the need for the youths to stop putting the blame of unemployment on the government and seek ways of becoming employers of labour.

The organisers of the summit hope that the two week programme, when completed by the participants, would be utilised to generate more jobs and reduce the number of youths on the street seeking ‎job when they could actually create and sustain jobs.

Ooni’s Grandmother For Burial On Saturday

The remains of Olori Marian Ogunwusi, the late grandmother of Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, would be interred in Ile-Ife on Saturday.

This was contained in the news release by the Director, Media and Public Affairs, Ooni’s Palace, Mr Moses Olafare, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday, in Ile-Ife.

Olafare said that the funeral activities would commence on Friday with a service of songs at Oduduwa College, Ile-Ife by 4:30pm.

He added that this would be followed by the funeral service at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Aiyegbaju, Ile-Ife.

According to him, her remains would be interred at the church cemetery with reception and entertainment of guests at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital (OAUTH), Ground, Phase 2, Gate.

Olafare said further that the deceased was survived by a child, Prince Oluropo Ogunwusi, father of Ooni Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja II.

NAN reports that the late matriarch of Ogunwusi Royal family and wife of late Prince Joseph Ogunwusi died on Feb. 8 at the age of 104. (NAN)​

Ooni Urges Politicians To “Work The Talk”

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Tuesday took a swipe at politicians, telling them that they make promises they don’t fulfil.

The traditional ruler, who spoke at the 8th Bola Tinubu Colloquium on the titled: ‘Agriculture: Action, Work and Revolution’, in Abuja to mark his 64th birthday, decried how the youths that constitute about 70 percent of the population have been relegated.
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According to him most of the youths do not have hope in the country because of the wide gap between the rich and the poor in the society.

He added that this gap could be bridged if Nigerians, especially the elites and persons of means, ‘work the talk’ in respect to Nigerian made goods, be it clothing, jewellery and several others.

Ooni Hosts Sultan, As Tambuwal Delivers Lecture In Osun

Former Speaker, House of Representative and governor of Sokoto State, Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, will on Monday 28th March deliver the convocation lecture of Fountain University, Osogbo, Osun State.

The Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Bashiru Ademola Raji who disclosed this yesterday while addressing newsmen in Osogbo on the activities lined up for the fourth and fifth convocation ceremony of the university said Tambuwal will speak on the topic: “Religious Tolerance and Challenges of Democratic Governance”.

Professor Raji further disclosed that the Ooni of Ile-Ife, Oba Adeyeye Eniitan Ogunwusi, will lead other prominent traditional rulers in the South West to host the Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, who will be conferred a honorary award to be announced during the convocation.

According to him, also to be conferred a honourary award for impacting on the development of Nigeria is the former governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola.
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Giving the breakdown of degrees and awards for the 2013/2014 and 2014/2015 academic sessions, Prof. Raji disclosed that 11 students bag First Class Honours, 102, Second Class Upper division, 172, Second Class Lower division while 59 students bag Third Class Honours.

Prof. Raji disclosed that other activities lined up for the ceremony include commissioning and flagging off of some projects and the launching of N5billion endowment fund for the development of the university owned by NASFAT.

He disclosed that the university has been granted permission by the National Universities Commission to embark on postgraduate programmes adding that all the courses offered in the institution are fully accredited.

The Vice Chancellor said in fulfilment of its obligation to impact positively on the host community, the university research group led by Dr. Nusirah Afolabi-Balogun carried out enlightenment exercise and distributed insecticide-treated nets to the host community and environs

Oracle Revealed Choice Of Olori For Ooni – Oba Ogunwusi’s Sisters

Sisters of the Ooni of Ife have revealed that the Ooni, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi did not have a relationship with his new wife, Wuraola Otiti Zynab Obanor, before they tied the nuptial nuts.

According to the princesses: Adebimpe, Adesola and Adebimpe, it was the Oracle that revealed the new Olori (wife) to be the queen.

It would be recalled that the Ooni, custodian of Yoruba traditional stool, got married to his new bride, Princess Wuraola in Benin, Edo state on March 12.

In a recent chat with City People, the Princesses when asked if Kabiyesi met his new wife a long time ago but decided not to introduce her to the family as at then, they said, “No, Kabiyesi didn’t meet her a long time ago; they never met before.

“It was the oracle who revealed her to Kabiyesi.

“The oracle is still alive and they are doing wonders.

“You know a lot of things have been happening since they introduced the new Olori to the world.

“Lots of people were saying evil things about her. Majority of what they said are not correct.

“They were just running her down. But to the glory of God we still married her.”

Describing the new wife, the princesses said, “Oh, that woman, she is amazing, very friendly and she is a female version of Kabiyesi.”