The Ooni of Ife and Co-Chairman of the National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria (NCTRN), Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, on Thursday described the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, as a revered monarch who has always dignified the cultural values of the Yoruba people with great passion
Ooni Ogunwusi stated this while congratulating the Alaafin on his 50th coronation anniversary in a statement by the Director of Media & Public Affairs at the Ooni’s Palace, Comrade Moses Olafare,
The Ooni while stressing that the Alaafin stands as a unique descendant of Oduduwa and great Nigerian who lives a life of service to humanity thanked God for blessing him with gift of long reign on the throne of his forefathers, saying, the monarch has seen it all for the country.
“Long life is a gift and those favoured by God in his infinite mercy to receive this gift should be celebrated and admired by all, such a person is Oba Lamidi Adeyemi who is among Nigeria’s elder statesmen and great Ooduan who saw this nation through post-colonial, military and democratic eras during his 50 years of reign as the Alaafin”, he said.
Ooni Ogunwusi added, “I am proud of the frontline Yoruba monarch whose contributions led to the growth and stabilization of the ancient town of Oyo as well as Yorubaland and Nigeria in general. He is a very responsible elder whose main concern is the promotion of the Yoruba’s prestigious culture, people and tradition in general.”.
Ooni Ogunwusi who said that efforts of foremost nationalists like Oba Adeyemi cannot be overemphasized, wished him healthy long life and prosperity on the throne of Oyo kingdom.