The Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Ogunwusi, on Sunday continued his peace moves in Yorubaland with a visit to the Alake of Egbaland, Adedotun Gbadebo, and the Osile of Oke-Ona, Adedapo Tejuoso.
Mr. Ogunwusi, while speaking at the Alake’s palace, said Ife belongs to all Yorubas, saying he was just selected as a custodian of the land. He also called on all monarchs not to arrogate power unto themselves.
He said his visits to his colleagues in Egbaland was a great opportunity he would forever cherish.
“In my life I will continue to worship and praise God. Example of my praise is today’s visit, I will continue to worship God.
“God loves Yoruba more than the Hebrews. We Yoruba don’t appreciate ourselves. I plead with all of us to always appreciate God. If there is love in Yoruba land, it is then we start appreciating each other,” the monarch said.
Mr. Ogunwusi while describing love and peace as honey for any community, said he would continue to preach peace around Yoruba land. He called on other monarchs to join him in the crusade.
In his remark, the Alake applauded the peace moves of the Ooni. He said the Ooni of Ife remained the spiritual father of Yorubaland.
Mr. Gbadebo said the Ooni has started his reign well by preaching peace.
The Egba monarch also stated that by Yoruba traditional rulers’ ratings, the Ooni remained the number one, followed by the Alaafin of Oyo, Alaketu of Ketu, Alake of Egba and Awujale of Ijebu.
He said the recent visit of former President Olusegun Obasanjo to the Ooni where he prostrated was a signal to the leadership status of Mr. Ogunwusi.
“I have no doubt that at your young age, God has chosen you. In your own time, Yorubaland will be great,” Mr. Gbadebo said.
Also, the Osile of Oke-Ona while receiving the Ooni in his palace said he was happy for his intensive role towards ensuring peace in Yorubaland.
Mr. Tejuoso expressed confidence that Mr. Ogunwusi’s reign would bring permanent peace to Yorubaland.