The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi yesterday visited the Awujale of Ijebu Oba Sikiru Adetona at the latter’s palace in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State. In his speech, the Awujale disclosed that Ooni Ogunwusi would be the first Ife monarch to officially visit Ijebuland since 1941 when Yoruba traditional rulers held a meeting in Ijebu-Ode. Awujale said,“If we are united, we can achieve a lot for our people. But if we allow politicians to infiltrate and divide us, they will spoil everything. We should not as traditional rulers sell ourselves out because of pecuniary gains. That had happened in the past and caused disunity in Yorubaland. We should not be partial, the interest of our people should matter most to us. Our paramount aim is to speak the minds of our people and provide social amenities”.
Ooni Ogunwusi in his remarks said: “The position God has put me today is not because of my power or might. It has pleased God to make me the Ooni in my youth. Therefore, I have resolved to come closer to the Awujale because since 1941 when Yoruba traditional rulers last met, we have not had any other joint meeting. This should not be so. It is our culture to respect elders and there is nothing better than that before God. God loves the Yoruba people so much that He gave us everything. But if we are not united, we won’t know our worth. God has blessed all of us in Yorubaland but it is through cooperation we can achieve the best.”