Former president of Nigeria Olusegun Obasanjo has expressed support for the move by the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi to unite all Yoruba monarchs.
In a bid to ensure unity, the Ooni visited the Aalafin of Oyo and Awujale of Ijebuland among others, recently.
Obasanjo, who was at the Ooni’s palace in Ile-Ife yesterday to pay homage, was received by prominent traditional rulers in Ile-Ife.
As a sign of respect, Obasanjo, who wore his Yoruba regalia, stepped in with other prominent personalities and prostrated before the Ooni.
While some of those present during the visit were surprised at the action, others applauded and hailed the former president.
Obasanjo explained that the unity move by the Ooni was important for the progress of Yorubaland.
He urged the Ooni not to relent in his endeavour to ensure unity, adding that Ife remained the source of Yorubaland.
He 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 subsequently prayed for the progress of Ife and Yorubaland and apologised for not being present at the Ooni’s coronation.
The Ooni expressed his appreciation of the former president’s visit.
Among those present during the visitation were Dr. Femi Okunnu; Femi Majekodunmi; Chief Oyewole Faseye; Ayo Balogun and many other distinguished Yoruba personalities.
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