Ooni Ogunwusi is a peacemaker —Ife prince

President, Oduduwa University, Ife, Osun State, Chief (Dr) Raymond Adegoke and his wife, exchanging pleasantries with the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi, during the dedication ceremony of the College of Environmental Design and Management Studies, in honour of late Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, on Saturday. PHOTO: TOMMY ADEGBITE.

ONE of the contestants for the throne of the Ooni, Prince (Dr) Raymond Adedoyin, has declared that he harbours no hatred against the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, describing him as a peace-loving monarch who is dedicated to fostering unity and harmony among Yoruba people.

Prince Adedoyin stated this at the official dedication of the College of Environmental Design and Management, established in honour of His Imperial Majesty, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, who passed on a year ago.

Speaking at the event, which was held at the Oduduwa University, Ile Ife, Osun State, and had in attendance, dignitaries from all walks of life, Prince Adedoyin maintained that he was impressed by the presence of Ooni Ogunwusi, whose unexpected visit  at the event confirmed that him as a peacemaker.

“The presence of Ooni Ogunwusi at this event proves that he is a peacemaker. It shows that he’s a peace-loving king. Yes, I was one of the contestants to the throne, but I came from the maternal side while he came from the paternal side, and that was what qualified him for the throne. I am using this event to let the public know that there is no rift between Ooni Ogunwusi and I,” he said.

Speaking further, Prince Adedoyin said that it had been difficult to fill the vacuum created by the demise of Oba Okunwade Sijuade, who was the Chancellor of Oduduwa University.

“It has been very difficult to fill the vacuum created by Oba Okunwade Sijuade’s demise. His inestimable contributions to the establishment, development, growth and stability of the university would remain evergreen,” Adedoyin stated.