The Arole Oodua and Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II on Sunday moved into Iledi house at Iremo quaters in Ile-Ife where he will remain incommunicado in an annual seven-day seclusion kick-starting the 2018 OLOJO FESTIVAL.
Oba Ogunwusi is expected to end the seven-day seclusion on Saturday when he will appear to the public with the Oduduwa’s sacred Aare Crown traditionally worn once in a year by the Ooni.
The royal father said that the seven-day seclusion will be used as a point of contact to the Almighty Olodumare (God) praying for the kingdom of Ile-Ife, Osun State and the entire Nigeria for a new dawn of socio-economic advancement.
The Ooni who is the co-chairman of National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria, congratulated the government and people of Osun State for conducting themselves maturely before, during and after last Saturday’s governorship election.
While he praised the government, both at the state and federal levels for creating a level playing ground for the people to exercise their franchise, the spiritual father of Yoruba race worldwide also lauded the electorate for standing firmly on their principles while casting their votes, and specially commended the youths for being agents of peaceful coexistence rather than being agents of political violence during the gubernatorial election.
He praised the politicians of all the political parties for their decorum as he lauded the security agents for their unbiased display of professionalism and appreciated the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for conducting a free, fair and credible governorship election in Osun Ste.
“We all have now observed through this election that power belongs to the people, by the grace of God, very soon the best candidate will emerge as the state governor of the state of Osun.
“Osun now sets the pace of peaceful political conduct in Nigeria because what happened here in our state has never happened in the history of Nigeria for the election has become successful without any bloodshed, though it is not yet concluded,” Ooni said.
The African foremost monarch urged who Nigerians to use the Osun election as a template and believe that election can run successfully without using war ammunition, opined that something good can come out of the nation, adding that all politicians must be people-sensitive, adding that nobody can be taken for granted aspeople are always ready to fight for their rights.
The highly revered king appealed to Osun citizens to give peace a chance even in the run-off to be held affecting just four local government areas of the state. He asked citizens to welcome the winner with excitement as only the will of God that shall come to pass.