The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi has commended the Olu of Itori, Oba AbdulFatai Akamo for his total disposition to Yoruba race, especially his efforts at uniting Yoruba traditional rulers.
While hosting Oba Akamo in his palace on Monday, Oba Adeyeye said he would always open his door to Yoruba Obas who promote peace among traditional rulers, saying peace and unity are two elements needed to move Yoruba forward.
The Ooni said he had noted with interest the performance of Olu of Itori in Ogun State and beyond and given him a credit mark for his seriousness to growth and development.
He added: “I am not flattering you, Olu Itori, people love you. People really love you. There is no place where they talk of you that I am not happy for you. I want to urge you to continue doing what has made you a favourite of the people.
“This life should be a peaceful place to live if we all embrace peace. There is nothing to struggle with when Eledumare has blessed us with more than enough. I want to encourage you to continue seeking peace among traditional rulers.”
Oba Akamo, in his response, appreciated the Ooni, describing his visit as homecoming and return to his cradle. He also commended Oba Ogunwusi for humility he had so far displayed since he ascended to the throne in 2015, pointing out that such attitude had made him accessible to all traditional rulers in Yoruba land.
“There is no doubting the fact that I hold you in high esteem. And I shall continue to hold you with respect because of what you symbolize to the entire Yoruba race. I am pleased to be back to my home and I will always be glad to return here. I am also looking forward to reciprocating the honour you have done on me and my entourage to Ile-Ife, the cradle of all of us. My people back home can’t wait to receive you on April 6,” he said.