- The Aare Ona Kakanfo-designate of Yorubaland, Otunba Gani Adama, has stated that he would not die young as defender of his people
- Adams noted that in the past, holders of the Aare Ona Kakanfo title had to continually fight wars and could be killed in the process; but this was no longer true since Nigeria became a sovereign nation
- According to Otunba Adams, he had handed his destiny over to God; and it was only God who could determine the time of his death
Chief Gani Adams, the Aare Ona Kakanfo-designate of Yorubaland, has stated that he does not believe that his new title would lead to his early death, The Nation reports.
Adams made his comments in a chat with journalists on Saturday, October 21.
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NAIJ.com gathers that the national coordinator of the Oodua Peoples’ Congress (OPC), stated that it is only God who can determine when he would die.
He stated: “Death belongs to God. Only God can decide and determine when anyone can die and until God decides, I will not die young as the defender of my people.
“Aare title is highly spiritual and I have handed over my destiny and tenure to God.
“The position in the past meant that you have to continually fight wars to protect your people, and may be killed in the process; but that was before Nigeria became a sovereign nation.
“The job in the modern era is limited in terms of physical defence because there are security apparatus’ to settle disputes.
“However, it has become a position to unify the Yoruba race, defend their interest and believe in their cause.”
Adamas also denied rumours that he was planning to dump the OPC now that he had attained his prestigious new title.
In his words: “The OPC is my sweat. I will delegate some powers to some members to continue to run it while I oversee it.
“The OPC gave birth to the Oodua Progressive Union which I have established in 78 countries to cater for the interest of Yoruba people in Diaspora.
“I will continue to have a stake not only in the OPC but in all groups in Yorubaland. I intend to use my position to unify and strengthen all factionalised pressure and cultural groups in Yoruba land.”
Recall that NAIJ.com previously reported that the leader of the Oduduwa Peoples Congress (OPC), Gani Adams, was confirmed as the new ‘Aare Ona Kakanfo’, which in the pre-colonial Yoruba history was a supreme military title conferred by the Alaafin of Oyo.
The Alaafin, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, confirmed the choice of Adams for the title during his 79th birthday celebration on Sunday, October 15.
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