Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari, has joined other Nigerians to congratulate the newly selected Ooni of Ife, Prince Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi.
Ogunwusi, a real estate magnate was appointed the 51th Ooni of Ife following the death of the former Ooni Oba Okunade Sijuwade at a London clinic on August 10.
Buhari, in a statement signed by his special adviser on media and publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina urged the new Ooni to show fairness to all his subjects and sustain peace in the land.
“On behalf of the Federal Government and people of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari congratulates Prince Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi on his emergence as the 51st Ooni of Ife and successor to the late Oba Okunade Sijuwade.
“President Buhari rejoices with Prince Adeyeye on his nomination as Ooni by the kingmakers of Ife after a keenly contested but peaceful selection process, and confirmation yesterday by Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State.
“As he prepares to begin the rites of ascension to the revered throne of his great ancestors, President Buhari urges the Ooni-designate to commit himself to carrying all his subjects along to a new era of peace, stability and progress in Ife, Yorubaland and Nigeria as a whole.
“The President calls on Prince Adeyeye to be prepared to put his new position as Ooni and principal custodian of the rich cultural heritage and traditions of the Yorubas to good use in the service of his people and country.
“President Buhari also urges the Ooni-designate to dedicate himself to building on, and surpassing the worthy legacies of his much-acclaimed predecessor, Oba Sijuwade, and working with government and other traditional rulers across the country to foster greater harmony, peaceful co-existence and faster socio-economic development of his people and all Nigerians.
“As Prince Adeyeye ascends to the grand throne of the Ooni of Ife, the President prays that God Almighty will grant him the immense wisdom and courage he will require to oversee further progress and greater prosperity for his people.
“He wishes the new Ooni a long and highly successful reign in the service of his people and country,” the statement reads.
The Senate president Bukola Saraki, on Monday 26, congratulated the newly selected Ooni of Ife-designate, Prince Adeyeye Ogunwusi and advised him to concentrate on further solidifying the role of the Yoruba people in national unity.
Also, the Osun state APC said it expect the new king to to take off from where the late Sijuwade ended his glorious reign as it is looking forward to the eventful reign of the new Ooni.