Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, the Ooni of Ife, has stated that until the Igbo and Yoruba unities together, it will be difficult for Nigeria to move forward.
The Ooni stated this while welcoming some prominent Igbo leaders led by Igwe Cyprian Mmaduabuchi Nevobasi, the Ezeani III of Mmaku, Enugu State, at his Ile-Oodua palace in Ile-Ife, Osun State.
Oba Ogunwusi noted that the Igbo and Yoruba needs to unite because we are the real embodiment of the black people.
“We need to cement our togetherness in this country because without the coming together of the Igbo and the Yoruba natives, it will be very difficult for Nigeria and the entire continent of Africa to progress. We are the real embodiment of the black people and the continent of Africa is looking forward to us.
“Handshake across the Niger like this is very important because we belong to the same family, so we should not separate ourselves the more. Let us look into things that bind us together like our rich cultures and traditions.
“We want to tell you today that we are now directly associating from the Kingdom of Ife to the entire Mmakun Kingdom in Igboland and Your Royal Highness have cemented that good relationship with this visit.
“Once again, I appreciate your philanthropic and leadership works especially towards the poor, oppressed and the downtrodden in Enugu and beyond, since you ascended the throne of your forebears some 20 years ago. I am proud to associate with you after hearing so much about you and I am so happy that we eventually met. Ooni who is the co-chairman of the National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria said.
Igwe Mmaduabuchi in his own statement thanked the Ooni for his efforts in uniting the Igbo and Yoruba. He said that if we (Africans) were Catholic, the Ooni would be the black Pope.
“Infact, If we Africans were Catholic, you are the black Pope.” the Igwe said.
He further described the Ooni as a symbol of unity ensuring national unity and cohesion in Nigeria.
“Your Imperial Majesty the Ooni, I commend your courage and candour for championing this strategic initiative on behalf of other traditional rulers. As I earlier said is because as custodian of tradition and culture of the people, we are expected to be in the vanguard of ensuring national unity and cohesion in the country,” the Igbo monarch said.