The Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Ogunwusi Ojaja II, has urged promoters of the alleged presidential bid of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu to use wisdom instead of force in bringing their case against Tinubu’s Yoruba rivals.
Speaking in his palace on Monday when he received Tinubu’s supporters under the aegis of the South West Agenda, SWAGA, Ooni told the group that challengers to Tinubu were bound to arise from within the Southwest. He said that they must as such be prepared to counter such challengers with wisdom.
He said, “Asiwaju Tinubu is a very great descendant of Oduduwa. He’s such a unique Yoruba son and we are always proud of him. He is popular and known for uprightness.
“But first, I want to challenge all politicians here this afternoon to first go and work on yourselves, you must be United if you are indeed for the Yoruba race. It is you people that form political parties, change from one party to another among other things.
Asking the canvassers to use wisdom to challenge Tinubu’s Yoruba rivals, he said:
“With all that said, I want you to know that many will rise with similar interest and it is allowed. I implore you and your principal to deploy wisdom, not power so that we will all be on the same page.
“We Yorubas are Omoluabis and I want you all to know that everything is not politics. With these in mind, it shall be well with us and we are good to go.”
Use Wisdom On Tinubu’s Yoruba Rivals, Ooni Says
The leader of the SWAGA team, Senator Dayo Adeyeye had earlier briefed the monarch on the mission of the group saying:
“Baba, this is the highest throne in Yorubaland and Ile-Ife is the town that gave birth to all the entire Yoruba race. We have come here today to seek your blessings and support towards the actualisation of having a Yoruba man as the next president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2023.
“In this quest, we have found Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu worthy and that is why we have embarked on this assignment even without being sent.
“We Yorubas must unite ourselves to realise this and not make ourselves tools in the hands of those who might be willing to divide us against ourselves. SWAGA is well known to almost everyone in the country including those from other parts who have declared support for the movement.”