- Chief Olusegun Obasanjo paid a visit to the Ooni of Ife
- The former president prostrated to greet the monarch in what was considered a dramatic move
- He applauded the monarch for his interest in uniting the Yoruba race
Chief Olusegun Obasanjo in what might be considered a surprising move prostrated to Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, the Ooni of Ife.
Vanguard reports that this happened during a visit by the former president to the palace of the monarch in Ife on Friday, February 5.
Obasanjo who was accompanied by eminent personalities was well received by the king and prominent traditional rulers. In what drew gasps of surprise and applause, the former president prostrated to greet the ooni in what is although a cultural gesture but notable.
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Obasanjo applauded the ooni for his move to unite the Yoruba race and urged him not to relent in his interest in developing the Yoruba race.
“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.”
The former president apologised for not being at the coronation of the ooni but prayed for the Yoruba race.
Oba Adeyeye expressed delight in the visit and described Obasanjo as someone who “loves Yoruba culture and had been promoting it.”
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The ooni has been at the forefront of promoting the unity of the Yoruba people as he said it was God’s order to him to fulfil.
It would be recalled that the Ooni rewrote history on Sunday, January 17, when he became the first Ooni to visit Oyo town since 1937, a move that was applauded by most Nigerians.