Tuesday, 27 October 2015

O Wale: New Ooni arrives in Ife today

Barring last minute change, the new Ooni of Ife-elect, Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, is expected to arrive in Ile-Ife on Tuesday (today) to begin traditional rites expected to be performed before his installation.

The Obadio of Ife, Oba Olajide Faloba, said this in an interview with journalists in Ile-Ife on Monday.
Obadio, who is one of the traditional chiefs in Ile-Ife, said following the announcement of the new Ooni by the state government, the Ooni-elect would be received on the outskirts of the town by chiefs, and from there, he would enter the town amidst jubilation from the people.
However, our correspondent gathered from another source who pleaded not to be named that the Isoro people were already holding a meeting, adding that they would consult Ifa Oracle to ask if Ogunwusi should move into the town on Tuesday or Wednesday.
Faloba said the monarch could spend three months or 21 days at Ilofi, where certain rituals would be carried out before he would be installed.
He said, “He is expected to arrive in Ile-Ife tomorrow. He would be received at the entrance of the town, and after that, he would spend 21 days at Ilofi where certain rites would be carried out.
“It is after the rites had been performed that the new Ooni can ascend the throne.”
Also, Oba Isoro, Olaolu Omirewon, said the new Ooni would spend 21 days in Ilofi where rites would be carried out before he would be installed.
He said he could spend more days but the time would be limited to 21 days because the ‘Odun Olojo’ was around the corner and his presence would be needed there.
The Olukore of Ife, Abioye Agun, while speaking with journalists, described the appointment of Ogunwusi as an act of God.
He urged those who contested against Ogunwusi to rally round him in order to move the town forward.
He said, “Ooni is the father of all. We have all been expecting him. He was chosen by God. Those who contested against him should rally round him.”
The Lowa Adimula of Ife, Oba Joseph Ijaodola, also called on those who contested against the new Ooni to join him to develop the town.
Ijaodola said, “Those who contested against him should wait for their time. They should support him in the interest of Ife and everybody. He has been appointed and I think the best thing to do is to support him.”

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