The leadership style and peace moves of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, in the country has been lauded by President Muhammadu Buhari.Buhari spoke in Ile Ife, Osun State yesterday during the grandfinale of programmes to mark the monarch’s first coronation anniversary.
Buhari, represented by the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, at the ceremony, also eulogised the monarch for his passion for youth emancipation and his efforts to enhance development.
The President said, “Kabiyesi Ooni has healed the wound in our country by bringing everybody together. We know that a lot has gone into this. It is not a matter of age but the fact that you are blessed by the Almighty God to do so.
“We hope that in your many years on the throne, we will witness more advancement of the entire Yoruba land, Nigeria and everywhere we have Yorubas around the world. Many are celebrating you in Cuba, Brazil, America and other countries.
“We appreciate your contribution to our development.”
In his remarks, the Ooni stated that the job of seeing to the needs of the masses and the development of the country should not be seen as the sole responsibility of the government, adding that everybody must be involved in making the country a better place.
He said, “We should collaborate with the government and stop the blame game. Let’s work towards youth emancipation. It is very important to know our roles as traditional rulers.”