Chief Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday visited the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi. The former president declared he is in support of the first-class king’s initiatives to unify the Yoruba race during his reign. At the visitation to the Ooni’s palace where he was received by prominent traditional rulers in Ile-Ife, Obasanjo who was accompanied by other prominent personalities dressed in his Yoruba regalia, prostrated for the Ooni as a sign of respect. In his remarks, the former president explained that the unity move by the Ooni was important for the progress of Yorubaland.
In his words, Obasanjo said, “I commend the role of Ooni in ensuring peace in Yorubaland. Continue what you are doing, especially your unity course. I am happy with the move taken so far. It is only a sign of honour for the Ooni to visit anyone. That does not stop Ile-Ife from its position in the history of Yorubaland.” Obasanjo apologised for not being present at the Ooni’s coronation, and he prayed for the progress of Ife and Yorubaland.