Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti
The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has said that the Ogoga of Ikere Ekiti, Oba Adejimi Adu-Alagbado, is a descendant of Oduduwa, adding that the forebears of Oba Adu-Alagbado migrated from Ile-Ife to establish Ikere Ekiti.
Oba Ogunwusi stated this during a courtesy call by Oba Adu-Alagbado to his palace at Ile-Ife, on Monday.
Oba Adu-Alagbado and the Olukere of Ikere, Oba Ganiyu Obasoyin, have been embroiled in a supremacy battle over who is the founding ruler of Ikere.
According to a statement made available by the Ogoga’s palace, the Ooni noted that his (Ooni’s) short period of ascension notwithstanding, he had the true picture of history, culture and traditions of his people.
“Ogoga is from Ile-Ife. His forefathers migrated from Ife like other Yoruba obas. He is my descendant. His kinsmen are those in Akure, Owo, Akoko-Edo, etc. He is a descendant of Oranmiyan — the son of Oduduwa — who, after establishing the Benin Empire, went back to Ile-Ife to be crowned Ooni.”
The statement said Oba Ogunwusi added that Ikere held a significant place in the history and development of the Yoruba race.
He urged Yoruba monarchs to work in unity in order to ensure the restoration of the lost glory of the race, noting that by closing ranks, there would be a reduction in the misunderstandings among Yoruba leaders.
The monarch said, “I cherish the hands of fellowship you have extended to me. This is good for the Yoruba race. It is in closing ranks that we can get rid of all infiltrators so that we can genuinely put our history, tradition and culture on the right pedestal. Ile-Ife is the source of all God’s’ creations, the whites, unfortunately, have stolen parts of our history. By working together, we can recover all,” he assured.
In his own address, Oba Adu-Alagbado expressed his admiration for the leadership style of Oba Ogunwusi, noting that the civility and pragmatism the monarch had brought to the Yoruba race within one year of his reign was worthy of emulation.
Oba Adu-Alagbado, who said his predecessors, notably from the 18th Century, had always been good friends of the Oonis, expressed his readiness to walk the same path with the Ooni.
He said, “My predecessors, notably from Oba Obosoro Alowolodu, from the 18th Century to the 26th Ogoga of Ikere Kingdom, the late Oba Samuel Adegboye, had always been good friends of the Oonis. I want to sustain this and also do better.”