The Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Ogunwusi(Ojaja II) has called on the United States of America and other western countries to support unity of nations in Africa, rather than tribal or ethnic divisions or agitations.
He made the call on Tuesday when he received the US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Stuart Symington, in his palace in Ile Ife.
The Ambassador and other top officials were on a courtesy visit to the foremost monarch. They also toured the ancient city generally accepted to be the traditional headquarters of Oduduwa race to see historical artefacts and heritage locations.
Speaking to them, the Ooni warned against the use of resources to put other developing countries at disadvantage. He challenged the Western countries to invest in the development of Nigerian youths in orde promote peace and unity.
“I feel elated and excited to see you in our midst. I can feel your genuine passion for Nigeria and the entire black race. I can see that you have good prospect for this nation. I have also watched with keen interest the role you are playing in the development of Nigeria”, he said.
He added: “I challenge the western world to stop supporting division along ethnic nationalities in the country. We do not want war; we do not want you to support division along tribal lines through sales of ammunitions. We want you to support our teeming youths to be employed, not war or division. We need you to enable us to grow not divided. We do not want war or intrusion but the development of our youths. Coordinate the West together to ensure that lives are better in Africa and entire world.” Ooni said
The Arole Oodua also warned against segregation of people of black origin stating that all human beings originated from Ile-Ife. This, the Ooni, said this could be backed up with historical evidences and recent researches.
“You should accept that this is the centre of the world, where everything all began. I challenge the Western World to engage in an objective research on this. If you move around the entire hemisphere, you will realise that this is the zero ground and hour. A recent research has also shown that the DNA which is uniquely traced to the occupants of this place is reflective on all human beings regardless of skin colour. This DNA is the longest strand in the history of human existence around the world.
“Let the world know the truth that origin, indeed, started from here. I appeal that the world should be made to know the truth about their origin. We (black men) are neither apes nor monkeys but a part of the entire world. Just like every human being, our blood is red. We are not lesser human beings, we experience the same thing every human experience. We are all one and the same. All our brothers from African decent in America and all over the world should know the clear truth about those origin and source as the major problem of the world is problem of identity.” Ooni concluded
Earlier, the US Ambassador, Symington, commended the Ooni for his leadership qualities and roles in ensuring the development of Nigeria and the continent of Africa.
While describing Ooni as an African significant personality for the development of Nigeria, the ambassador reiterated the support of America for the development of Nigeria.
“I have come as part of my journey to understand Nigeria deeper especially here being the source. It is my deep belief that you get to know a country from as many places and people that you can reach. I chose to come here because your Majesty’s several speeches and actions, you have become a major rallyingpoint for peace, unity and development not only in Nigera but also in Africa.
“Your Majesty, you undoubtedly represent majority in the country. You represent what Nigeria is, has been and can be with your extra-ordinary brilliance, not only in faith and trust but also in your leadership role. I am reminded how faith and trust should be commonly found in every part of the world.
“I have read what you said about our ancient histories and I must commend you for preserving our lives, faith and values. The role you have played in helping this nation is significant for the whole Nigeria and this country is important to us and the future of the world.”