Nigeria: Ooni Invokes Oduduwa Spirit On Perpetrators

By Hammed Bodunrin in Osogbo, 18 September 2000

Lagos — Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade has invoked the spirit of Oduduwa, the Yoruba ancestor, against anybody or group that causes chaos again among the Yoruba either at home or in the diaspora again.

Sijuwade, who reiterated his commitment to the peaceful co-existence of various groups in Ife said the cradle of the Yoruba must not be turned into chaos by certain elements directly or indirectly.

The monarch, who was represented by the Apetumodu of Ipetumodu, Oba James Adegoke at the inauguration of an 18-member inter-communal peace advocacy committee between the Ifes and Modakekes held at Oduduwa Hall of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, over the weekend, said any person or group that causes trouble again would incur the wrath of Oduduwa.

The royal father declared that he had always seen the Ifes and the Modakekes as his children and likened them to twin brothers who would definitely have different characters.

He said as a father of all, the differences between his subjects would always be handled in a way that would bring about peace. He noted that no misdemeanour could upset him.

Also speaking during the inauguration, the Nigeria Deputy Director of the United States for International Development (USAID), Dr Don Krumm said the country’s low development could largely be traced to internal wranglings.

Krumm, however, said the new democracy in Nigeria was encouraging to multi- nationals as well as investors and visitors including the USA President, Bill Clinton, a development, he noted, could take Nigeria to enviable heights.

He said if the country could maintain peace and freedom which democracy preaches, would gain a lot, noting that the nation’s trouble always have negative effect on the world as a whole.

In his message to the gathering, the Vice Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University, Professor Rogers Makanjuola sued for peace, adding that he had lived for 26 years in Ile-Ife and enjoyed staying with “the peace-loving people.”

The Obagbalula of Ife, Chief Gabriel Agba, in his speech, pledged that the Ifes and Modakekes would continue to unite and execute the eleven-point peace pact brokered by the Federal Government.

Also, the Ogunsua of Modakeke, represented by Chief Lamidi Oke blamed the crises on the handiwork of rumour mongers and idle hands and emphasised the need for co-operation.

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