The Arole Oodua, His Imperial Majeaty, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi II, Ooni of Ife, yesterday played host to the entourage of the Minister of Transportatio, and presidential hopeful of the All Progressives Congress, (APC).
The Minister was at the Ile Oodua in Ife to seek the royal blessings of the monarch in his quest to become the president of Nigeria.
Oba Ogunwusi has hailed the leadership qualities of Amaechi, and prayed for God’s guidance and blessings upon him as he seeks the highest office in Nigeria.
He said, “With the roll out of your resume, how many of you like that in Nigeria? Very few. For the last 23 years of this Republic, you have been relevant. Power belongs to God, it’s not by your might, it’s not by your power, nor by your doing.
“In terms of leadership, it is God that gives power, and if you look at your history, for the last 23 years, you have actually gone through the rank and file. You are not the only one in this country, but God has actually found in you favour, and by the very special grace of God, have the interest of this country at heart. It is very important.
“I know you are a fervent and hard believer of God Almighty, anything you do, you pray to God. Don’t relent, do not relent, keep praying to God.
“Leadership is stewardship. You’ve been to different leadership positions from different strata. In terms of governance, you’ve seen it all.
“But the one that you’re trying to aspire now, by the very special grace of God, it’s God that will take you there. We are paying for you from the throne of Oduduwa. On this throne of our ancestors God will continue to guide you, God will continue to see you through, God will continue to favour you, honour you and put you through in everything you do.
“God will continue to honour you in your words, in your thoughts, in your actions. Everything you lay your hand upon will continue to prosper. God will guide you, guard you and see you through. You will never regret why you came out to show selfless service for this country. God will guide you right. Please remember this country for good, remember the goodness that can come out of this country, remember that you will continue to serve for good, not for your own interests.
“By virtue of how God has shown you mercy, give mercy back to the public, show mercy back to Nigerians. You have to be selfless, give your best, even if its going to cost you everything that you are, keep doing what you’re supposed to do.”
On his part, the Minister of Transportation proposed a review of legislation to give more relevance to the traditional institution if given the opportunity to serve as Nigeria’s President.