Oyo Agog as Alaafin Installs Gani Adams as 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland

The ancient Oyo town was on Saturday set aglow, just as the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III installed the National Coordinator of Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), Otunba Gani Adams as the 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo.

Held at the Durba Stadium, Oyo, the epock-making-event was not just meant to celebrate and venerate the past title holders, but to lubricate the tunnels of harmony, ignite the tourch of unity and fester peace among the Yoruba race.

The colorful event brought onboard sons and daughters of Yoruba origin who converged on the venue to witness the historical installation and to celebrate the unique Yoruba cultural heritage.

The majesty of a royal father is not only embedded in his worth in solid gold, neither is it measured by the number of years spent on the throne nor evaluated by his satirical configuration and polemical communicative ability.

But rather, his pre-eminence as a royal father is predicated on his ability on the throne to bring his aura into play in effecting a phenomenal impact on the lives of his subjects, who by virtue of having the blue blood running in his vein, has the ancestral mandate of shaping their environment.

And that is the story of the Alaafin, who was highly honoured at the event by the calibre of people who graced the event.

The new Aare Ona Kakanfo and Alaafin of Oyo entered the venue of the event with pomp and fanfare at about 1:00pm and received by the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, who had arrived earlier at the venue at about 12:45pm with other traditional rulers from across the Yorubaland.

The elated Otunba Adams, decked in a complete white traditional attire, appeared beaming with smiles as notable people from all walks of life converged to witness his historic installation, among whom were the ex-governor of Oyo State, Otunba Adabayo Alao-Akala, ex-governor of Ondo State, Engr. Olusegun Mimiko, ex-governor of Delta State, Emmanuel Oduaghan.

Others were the Lagos state governor Mr Akinwumi Ambode who was represented by his commissioner for information, Mr Kehinde Bamigbetan, Osun state governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola represented by his secretary to the state government, Alh. Moshood Adeoti, Senator Ibikunle Amosun represented by the Speaker of Ogun state house of Assembly, Hon. Suaib Adekanmbi and Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu represented by his deputy, hon. Agboola Ajayi.

The Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji, Owa of Obokun, Deji of Akure, the Olu of Itshekri, National President of NURTW, Alhaji Usman Najeem, Yasin, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, representatives of Igbo group, Hausa group, Delta group also graced the occssion.

In his acceptance speech shortly after the necessary rituals were completed on him, the Aare Ona Kakanfo, Aare Adams assured all sons and daughters of Yoruba to use his current position to project the culture and tradition as well as uniting the yoruba race.
He called on the Yorubas in the Disapora to come home and invest their resources so as to contribute their quota to the development of the region.
While appreciating President Muhammadu Buhari, Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki, Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, Governors from Oyo, Lagos, Ogun, Ondo, Osun and Ekiti States for their immense contributions towards his installation, he, however, appealed to the Federal Government to fulfill its promises by completing all the federal roads in the region including Lagos/Ibadan express road, Oyo/Ogbomosho road, Oshogbo/Ilesha road and others.

Ealier in his address of welcome delivered by the Chairman Planning Committee, Most Reverened Ayo Ladigbolu, he recalled that the 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo cheiftaincy metamorphosed to peace making.
He noted that when in the new Oyo, when there were altercation between the Alaafin and the Oyomesi, it was Kakanfo who usually mediated, adding that: “It is clear from this example that peace making, bridge building, reconciliation and fanning the embers of unity and accord should be the major parts of the mandate of the 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland.
Archbishop Ladigbolu admonished that it might be germane in order to assist the current Aare Ona Kakanfo to fully tackle the issues of peaceful coexistence and other national issues among diverse ethnic groups in the country, there was the need for the establishment of “The Kankanfo Directorate Council,” which he said, would be made up of credible Yoruba leaders.
He, however, called for the continued persistence, perseverance, vitality, adaptability and flexibility of the Yoruba indigenous administrative ingenuity, which the archbishop emeritus posited had survived pressures and stress for over six hundred years which has not been vanquished.

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