…Rallies Solidarity For Itsekiri People
Foremost Yoruba traditional ruler, the Arole Oduduwa and the Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, has called for the unity of all Oodua descendants all over the world, and solidarity with the Itsekiri people in the choice of the new Olu of Warri.
Oba Ogunwusi, speaking through his Director, Media and Public Affairs, Comrade Moses Olafare, in his Easter message to Nigerian Christians, charged them to seek love and affection as demonstrated by Jesus Christ, who sacrificed his life to save many souls, and called on Oodua people worldwide to find the lowest common factor that exists in their shared history, shared fear and shared aspirations.
The Ooni also asked the Yoruba nation to solidarize with their own Itsekiri people, who are in the process of choosing a new Olu of Warri, saying that the unity of Yoruba people will further strengthen peace and understanding in Nigeria.
Calling on Yoruba people across Nigeria, including those outside the South West states to pray and work together for peace and harmony of Nigeria, Ooni Ogunwusi said, “Irrespective of which state you find yourself, either Akoko, Itsekiri in Delta, Okun, Oworro in Kogi, we are all children of Oduduwa, bound by common ancestry.”
The Ooni averred that the Royalty in the House of Oduduwa is watching events in Itsekiri land, and would appreciate the people continue to honour and respect the bound of oneness and common ancestry with the Yoruba people.
The Ooni added, “The Itsekiri are part of the greater Oduduwa family. We cherish this great history. We shall do everything to defend and uphold it.
“We are aware of the Itsekiri General Assembly coming up tomorrow Monday, April 04, in Warri.”
The Ooni sends his solidarity message to Itsekiri people on this great occassion of their reunion, saying, “We wish them peace and harmony in their search for properity in their ancestral land. The Ooni is particularly keen to see the sustainability of the blood-bound relationship between the Itsekiri and the Yoruba, a relationship that has been tested and trusted over history. Generations of Yoruba and Itsekiri have the responsibility to uphold this important of our history.”