Vice president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo is expected in Ile-Ife on Tuesday October 17, 2017 as the Special Guest of Honour at a leadership symposium in honour of the Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II who will be marking his 43rd birthday.
Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar will be in attendance. Osun state governor, Rauf Aregbesola is the Host Governor.
A press statement issued on Saturday by Director of Media, Ooni’s Palace, Comrade Moses Olafare said the Ooni Annual International Leadership Symposium is designed to hold annually in commemoration of the Ooni’s birthday. This year’s edition of Ooni Annual Leadership Symposium is themed “TAKING NIGERIAN AND AFRICA TO GREATER HEIGHTS, The place of the youth.
He said: “Baba Ooni believes very strongly that celebration of the birthdays of people in leadership authorities must always be in recognition of their impactfulness. That’s why he decided this event as platform for success stories especially by the beneficiaries of his various categories of empowerment programs most whom are youths”.
“Kabiyesi has designed this symposium to be annually held where great leaders who have made impacts in the society will motivationally be interacting with the people who look up to them”
“Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Governor Rauf Aregbesola, Governor Ambode, Mr Femi Falana, Sultan of Sokoto, Ethiopian Ambassador to Nigeria, the Vice Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University, the gentleman from South Africa, Mr Sipho Mseleku of Shakhumnotho Group and other great leaders expected at this maiden edition are role models the youths always look up to”. Moses Olafare said.
The statement added that the legal luminary and human rights activist, Chief Femi Falana will the Lead Speaker while Governor Akinwumi Ambode of Lagos, the Ethiopian Ambassador to Nigeria, Amb.(Mrs)Samia Zekaria Gutu and Mr Sipho Mseleku from South Africa will be guest speakers. Vice Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University, Professor Eyitope Ogunmodede is a Co-Host.
The statement recalled that two years ago, the Ooni dedicated his reign to the African youths during his coronation as the 51st Ooni of Ife. He has since embarked on and executed various projects that are of immense impacts on the masses and youths in particular.
Comrade Olafare said Super Eagles players like Peter Rufai, Ike Sorounmu, Garba Lawal, Mutiu Adepoju, Taribo West, Ifeanyi Udese, Waheed Akanni, Gbenga Okunnowo, Oladimeji Lawal and others led by a prominent indigene of Ifeland and Balogun of Modakeke, Highchief Festus Onigbinde, were at the sport complex of Obafemi Awolowo University for a novelty match organized by House of Oduduwa Foundation in honour of the Ooni.