The Deji of Akure Kingdom, Oba Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade Aladelusi(Odundun II) has identified only the people who can trace their origin to Ile-Ife as the bonafide descendants of Oduduwa.
A statement by the Director of Media and Public Affairs to the Ooni, Mr Moses Olafare, quoted the Deji as saying this yesterday.
The paramount ruler made this remark while hosting the Arole Oodua, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi(Ojaja II) who paid him a unity visit in his palace at Akure, Ondo state Thursday evening.
He lauded the new Ooni for his exaltation of God at all times, his dedication to uplifting the youths and his unity train he moves around the country, especially among Yoruba Obas.
The Deji, therefore, assured his visitor, who he described as his father and that of the entire Oodua nation, of his kingdom’s total cooperation because they all originated from Ile-Ife hundreds of years ago.
He said: “Arole Oodua, we are very glad to receive you today in Akure Kingdom, you are the father of all of us in Yorubaland except those who are not true descendants of Oduduwa. the way you have been exalting the Almighty God, your dedication to uplift the youth and your train of unity that moves around the country, especially Yoruba Obas, is indeed very commendable and may God continue to bless you.”
Ooni, in his speech, expressed delight at the way he was honoured by the king and people of the capital city. He emphasized peace and unity among the Yoruba people as the only guaranteed key to progress.
His words: I am overwhelmed by the love the kabiyesi Deji and good people of Akure have showed to me this night, I have come here for peace, unity and progress of Yorubaland, I have been moving around the country in respect of this because that’s simply what we need to move our nation forward.”
Among the eminent sons and daughters of Akure that joined Deji in hosting the Ooni Ogunwusi include Afenifere Leader Pa Reuben Fasoranti, National Chairman of Social Democratic Party (SDP), Chief Olu Falae, Chief Imam of Akure, High Chief Olisa of Akure, a royal son of Akure, Prince Ademola Adegoroye, and the Attorney General of Ondo State, Barrister Eyitayo Jegede.
Ooni Ogunwusi had earlier paid a courtesy visit to the Olowo of Owo, Oba Folagbade Olateru-Olagbegi at his palace at Owo who led him to the palace of Oba Ojomo Oluda of Ijebu-Owo from where they all went straight to the commissioning ceremony of Best Western plus Mydas Hotel owned by Prince Rotimi Ibidapo.
Apart from the Olowo of Owo and Ojomo Oluda who arrived the event with the Ooni of Ife to commission the first five-star hotel in Ondo state, the other obas and eminent people that graced the occasion include the Deputy Governor of the State of Osun, Otunba(Mrs) Titi Laoye-Tomori, the Osemawe of Ondo Kingdom Oba Victor Kiladejo; the Salu of Edunabon, Elejesi of Ejesi; Asoya of Isoya; Laaroka of Wanikin; Arode of Ife; Laadin of Ife; Akogun of Ife; Mr Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN); former Commissioner for Information in Ondo State Chief Eddie Olafeso; Special Adviser to Ooni on Special Duties Mr Akin Daodu and a host of others.