I AM NOT IN SUPREMACY BATTLE WITH ANYONE, OONI REPLIES OBA OF BENIN

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The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, has distanced himself from any supremacy battle with any traditional ruler in the country, saying he is committed to the task of uniting all the descendants of Oduduwa and would not want to be distracted.
The statement from the royal father was in response to a statement credited to the palace of the Oba of Benin that the Oba of the kingdom was greater than any Yoruba Oba, and that he would not want to be dragged into the matter.
The statement from the Palace of the Ooni and signed by the Director of its Media and Public Affairs, Mr. Moses Olafare, said the Alake of Egba land, Oba Aremu Gbadebo, who had ranked the leading Obas in Yoruba land had done so in his own rights as a bona-fide Oodua descendant.
“Let me emphasize for the umpteenth time that Kabiyesi Ooni is less concerned over any supremacy battle. His only interest for now on the sacred throne of Oduduwa is to explore measures through which the collective interest and genuine unity among Yoruba and other tribes within the larger House of Oduduwa can be enhanced.
“This informed his resolve to build bridges of harmony among Yourba Obas. He is, therefore, resolutely committed to how Yoruba ethnic group can restore its glory and pride position among other ethnic inclinations in Nigeria and wouldn’t want to be dragged into supremacy contest or join issues with anybody.
“The statement credited to the Alake of Egbaland did not emanate from us but the reality is that as a highly experienced and well informed monarch kabiyesi Alake who is a bona-fide Oodua descendant is entitled to his opinion based on his knowledge and understanding of history.”
“We in Oduduwa land have always seen and regarded our people in Benin kingdom as part and parcel of Oduduwa House. They are our brothers and sisters, coupled with historical facts to backup this position… We still identify with them as our kinsmen, regardless of the attempt to change the course of history,” the palace stated.
Alake insists Ooni is number one traditional ruler in Yorubaland
Meanwhile, the Alake and paramount ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo has maintained his stand on the ranking of Yoruba Obas, pledging to release evidence to back his claims.
The Alake who spoke through his Special Adviser on media Affairs, Chief Lai Labode said he does not want to engage in controversy with anyone.
The Paramount ruler had on Saturday stirred the hornet’s nest, declaring that the Ooni of Ife remained the highest in the ranking of Yoruba Obas.
The Alake who also identified ego as the cause of disunity among traditional rulers and people of Yoruba extraction, said the Ife monarch is the highest of the five principal Obas in Yorubaland.
Oba Gbadebo said this while receiving the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi in his Ake, Abeokuta, Ogun State palace.
The Alake who had listed the other Obas below the Ooni to include the Alaafin of Oyo and the Oba of Benin coming second and third, respectively, in that order.
He also listed his own title, the Alake of Egbaland as the fourth while the Awujale of Ijebuland occupies the lowest rung of ladder.
The Alake said, “Ooni is one of the five principal Obas in Yorubaland. The others are in order of the way they are classified on supremacy basis. After the Ooni is the Alaafin. After the Alaafin, the Oba of Benin. After the Oba of Benin, it comes to the Alake of Egbaland and the fifth and by no means the last or the least, the Awujale of Ijebuland.’’
Although, the paramount ruler was said to be unavailable to clear some issues relating to his claim, his aide disclosed that the monarch had sent an evidence to support his claim through his private secretary who was not available as at the time of filing this report.
Meanwhile, the Awujale and Paramount ruler of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona could not be reached as his Personal Assistant, simply identified as Toyin requested for a letter of interview before Awujale before he could talk to the press.
The Awujale aide said the monarch was ready to speak with media provided that a letter of request for interview is sent to him.
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7 thoughts on “I AM NOT IN SUPREMACY BATTLE WITH ANYONE, OONI REPLIES OBA OF BENIN

  1. Oyo is the Administrative Headquarters for Old Oyo Empire , therefore defence, war of expansion ,promotion and disciplinary action against any Oba in Yorubaland is prerogative of Alaafin of Oyo. By far Alaafin is superior to Ooni. We should not forget the saying ” On r’Oyo o Ndifa Bifa BA fore ti Alaafin ko ba fore nko”. There is no doubt Ile Ife is the craddle of Yoruba . The problem of supremacy was a political one created by Chief Awolowo because of his special affinity for Oba Adesoji Aderemi as opposed to Alaafin Adeyemi 1 which was deposed and sent on exile by Action Group.

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  2. ALAKE OF EGBA LAND, YOUR GRACE WERE IMMEASURABLE, YOU ARE A GREAT LEADER WHO WISH FOR YORUBAS UNITY. POLITICS DISTABLISED THE UNITY OF YORUBAS. “IFE OODAYE, NIBI OJUWQ RERE TI MQ WA”. I CREDIT THE HUMILITY OF OONI OF IFE, QLQFIN ADIMULA OF YORUBA KINGDOM- QBA ADEYEYE OGUNWUSI, FOR HIS EFFORT TO UNITE YORUBAS. I HOPE EBQRA OWU – CHIEF QBASANJQ, CHIEF FASAWE,ASIWAJU BQLA TINUBU, EGBE AGBEKQYA, CHIEF HENRY- YORUBA YOUTH COUNCIL, AND OTHER RESPONSIBLE YORUBA LEADERS WHO ALSO HAS RELATIVE IDEAR OF UNITY TO JOIN THE ” QLQFIN ADIMULA OF YORUBAS IN STRUGGLE TO UNITE YORUBAS ALL OVER THE WORLD. LET US PUT ASIDE OUR PERSONAL OR SELFISH INTEREST. THE FORMER OONIS, SIR ADESOJI ADEREMI-EKUN, AND OBA OKUNADE SIJUWADE, DOESN’T HAVE TIME FOR ALL THIS ARROGANCE FROM ANY OBAS, TA LO LE GBENA WOJU EKUN,. A KII DURO KIWQN NIFE QQNI, A KII BERE KI WQN NIFE OOYE LAGBO, ENI DURO KI WQN NIFE QQNI, EBQ NI WQN NFI IRU WQN SE, EPE QQNI ERUJEJE. WHO AMONG QBAS IN NIGERIA, AND IN THE WHOLE WORLD HAS ‘ARE ODUDUWA’.

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  3. When the statement is coming from a person called Lai? what do you expect? The term Oba is even alien to the yoruba language not until it was stolen from the Binis….. The Binis and the Yorubas are synonymous no doubt, but claiming the Binis are inferior is fallacy and is what we call hamitic hypothesis, concocted by some people who are bent on ruining the relationship between both cultures.

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  4. Good behavior and conduct by the Oni of Ife and good talk from the Alake of Egbaland, may the agitation of Oni of Ife on unity of Yoruba and the defendant of Oduduwa be fulfilled, amen.

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  5. In my own sugestion I will not apreciate any information that could distract The kabiesi The Arole Oodua from doing the needful to achieve a lasting peace in Yoruba land.To all our fathers that are claiming praises of suprimacy and ranking it is becoming a sound to trigger what is not necessary among us for now.Anybody that needs details and genuine history to supremacy and ranking should go to archive and keep the fact to himself for his indoor usage pls.We don t want knor pray for any trouble in the life of the descendant of Oodua and among Yorubas in diaspora.Pls let kabiesi Oba Ogunwusi the Arole oodua to do his God sent assignment.History has nothing to do with affluence.May kabiesi be long on the throne in good health with perfect tranquillity.God bless Ile Ife,the cradle of Yoruba race.May God bless the entire Yoruba established towns ,cities and in the diasporas God bless Nigeria

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  6. Well the Awake is entitled to his opinion . We the people of Benin kingdom are not part of yoruba land neither are we oduduwa’s descendants so the ranking is inappropriate. ..the Oba of Benin kingdom is in a class of its own and can not be compared in ranking to any Oba in black Africa. … other obas are hand picked or selected but in the Benin kingdom the system of primogeniture is unique and this isn’t present in any other part of Nigeria so I don’t see any reason for the comparison …

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  7. Are we trying to rewrite a well known and accepted history?
    Eweka was a son of Oranmiyan, who was sent from Ilę-ifę to rule when the origenal Ogiso ruling family in Benin could not performed the rulership as expected. Oranmiyan left his son Eweka, who was the fore father of the present Akenzuwa to contineu with rulling in Bini, while Oranmiyan returned to Ilę-ifę. Infact, the name coinage ‘bini’ was from ‘IFĘ’BINU’ for sending Oranmiyan to rule them, as requested, after they had satsfactorily nutured ‘seven lices’ to fruition. That’s the traditional link between Ilę-ifę and Bìní.

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