THE Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi, has commended the Lagos State House of Assembly for its laudable steps towards promoting and preserving the rich cultural heritage of the Yorubas.
Oba Ogunwusi gave the commendation when the speaker of the assembly, Honourable Mudashiru Obasa, led other members of the House on a courtesy visit to the monarch’s palace in Ile-Ife, Osun State.
The traditional ruler also lauded the legislators for conducting their Thursday plenary sessions in Yoruba language, while also commending the Assembly on the recent Yoruba summit organised by the House towards making learning of the Yoruba language compulsory in public and private schools in Lagos State.
Oba Ogunwusi who is the fifty-first Ooni of Ife also urged the lawmakers to immortalise the founding father of Lagos, Olofin Ogunfunminire, noting that Lagos was unique in the history of Yorubaland.
Earlier, the speaker, Obasa thanked the monarch for his presence at the Yoruba summit and the giant strides he had taken in promoting unity among traditional rulers.
The speaker disclosed that the summit had earned the Assembly numerous awards from notable groups in the country and abroad and assured that the House would continue to support efforts to prevent Yoruba culture from going into extinction.
Similarly, the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, has urged Yorubas to unite in order to ensure growth and development of the race.
Oba Adeyemi who gave the charge when members of the Lagos Assembly visited him in his palace in Oyo, stressed that God had blessed the Yoruba race in several ways.
The traditional ruler, maintained that the Yorubas were the first to achieve feats in human endeavours such as journalism, medicine, land survey and law across the country.
Oba Adeyemi who noted that the mastery of the Yoruba language helps in proficiency in other languages admonished Yoruba youths never to neglect their culture for a foreign one.
Obasa also thanked Oba Adeyemi for supporting the Yoruba summit organised by the Assembly, while pledging that the submissions of stakeholders at the summit would be implemented.