The Alaafin of Oyo , His Imperial Majesty Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III was on saturday installed the leader of the Odua Peoples Congress, OPC, Gani Adams as the 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo
The historical event held in Oyo town of Oyo State was attended by prominent Yoruba monarchs, former and present governors ,officials,artistes, 79 countries around the world, most of who are members of the Oodua Progressive Union (OPU) founded by Adams with a mammoth crowd.
In his speech, delivered in both Yoruba and English, Aare Gani Adams eulogise the past generalissimo, called for unity among Yorubas.
“Paying obeisance to past generalissimo:
1. Kokoro Gangan of Iwoye
2. Oyapote of Iwoye
3. Oyabi of Ajase
5. Oku of Jabata
6. Afonja of Ilorin
7. Toyeje of Ogbomoso
8. Edun of Gbogun
9. Amepo of Abemo
10. Kurumi of Ijaiye
11. Ojo Aburumaku of Ogbomoso (son of Toyeje of Ogbomosho)
12. Latoosa of Ibadan
13. Ladoke Akintola of Ogbomoso
Adams, who wore a traditional jacket made of lion skin and presented with Sango (god of iron) staff of office after opening of 14 traditional calabashes of his predecessors, appealed to all Yoruba leaders irrespective of their religion and political affiliations to work together to foster unity in the land.
The new Aare Ona Kakanfo, who lamented the inability of the Yoruba leaders to work together, said his major preoccupation would be to unite all Yoruba leaders for the purpose of developing the race.
As the Generalissimo of Yoruba land, the activist turned traditionalist said he would work together with security agencies in Nigeria to ensure that the South-west region is properly secured for business to thrive.
He also appealed to the federal government to as a matter of urgency improve on the power supply and complete some roads in the South-west especially Lagos/Ibadan Expressway, Oyo/Oshogbo road, Badagry /Lusada /Sokoto road to help in boosting the tourism potential of the region.
Also speaking at the event, chairman of the planning committee, Archbishop Emeritus Ayo Ladigbolu advised Adams to create the Kakanfo Directorate Council made up of eminent leaders to assist him to “tackle the issues of peaceful coexistence among diverse ethnic nationalities, religious tolerance, national re-orientation, South-west integration, re-invigoration of the pride of place of Yoruba language and culture.”
Also praying for the new Aare, foremost Ifa Priest, Chief Yemi Elebuibon said with the courage of Adams to complete the traditional rites for his installation he has protected himself against violent death that is already creating myths against the chieftaincy title.
Long live Aare Ona Kakanfo