Sunday, January 23

Obasanjo cautions Ooni, others against open support for political office seekers

The former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has warned traditional rulers in Yoruba land against an open endorsement of any political office seeker, saying their role should end in offering prayers for whoever visit them.

The former president also told Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, not to direct Yoruba people to support any aspirant for political position, because the race was not known for following a single political party.

Obasanjo spoke at the palace of Ooni in Ile-Ife, where he joined dignitaries that include, ex Oyo State governor, Rasidi Ladoja, to witness the installation of the Director General of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Ibadan, Dr Nterenya Sanginga and his wife, Charlotte Kurara, as Aare and Yeye Afurugbin Ola of the source.

He appealed to Ooni to be wary of those that never wanted him to be installed when he was seeking the throne, but now sought his support to gain political favour.

Chief Obasanjo declared emphatically that the Yoruba people are never known to follow a single political party.

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Explaining that it was not out of place for Ooni to forgive some individuals for the roles they played during the struggle to fill the throne, Obasanjo, however said the monarch should be careful with political office seekers.

Obasanjo who commended Ooni said further “I like your spirit. Those coming to meet you now, if God had permitted them, you would not be in this position and you know that. It is good to have forgiven spirit, but let us know what we are doing.”

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