The Osun State Governor , Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, the Oluwo of Iwo , Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi , and the Owa’ tapa of Itapa Ijesaland, Dr . Olapade Agoro , have hailed the appointment of the leader of the Oodua People ’ s Congress , Chief Gani Adams , as the Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland as a deserved one.
Aregbesola , who said Adams deserved the title of the new generalissimo of seen and unseen native forces of the Yoruba race , said this in Iwo on Sunday at the 50 th birthday ceremony of his Special Adviser on Information , Mr. Semiu Okanlawon .
Aregbesola said , “ Some of us don’ t know the nativity of Gani Adams , but I know the nativity of Gani Adams . I went to secondary school where he was born . I share a lot with him and I am happy that from far away Arigidi Akoko , Gani Adams has become the generalissimo of Yorubaland, both seen and unseen native armed forces .
“ When I look at the circumstances of your emergence, definitely you are worthy of this title . I salute you !”
Meanwhile , the Oluwo also described the appointment of Adams by the Alaafin of Oyo , Oba Lamidi Adeyemi , as a deserved one.
Oluwo, who said this in a telephone interview with one of our correspondents in Osogbo on Sunday, advised Adams to use his position to defend the Yoruba people from oppression and poverty .
Oba Akanbi also said the new
Aare Ona Kakanfo, who is succeeding the late Chief MKO Abiola , should begin to fight serious war against what he described as negative aspects of Yoruba culture and poverty ravaging the land .
He said , “The appointment of Gani Adams is a right decision , especially at this fragile period when our revered and rich tradition is being threatened . The appointment is coming at a period when people are being killed in the name of culture , at a time when ritual killings are perpetrated in the name of culture ; and kidnapping is trekking into Yorubaland barefooted .
“ I’ m glad for Gani Adam ’ s exposure and experience . His primary duty is the defence of the Yoruba race , her people and culture against oppression . And he is widely travelled .
“ I will want him to use his office to curtail incessant killings of mostly students for rituals by alfas, pastors and ritual killers . He should curb kidnapping and stop the use of human parts for sacrifice .
“ I am optimistic the new air greeting the appointment of Otunba Gani Adams will liberate the Yoruba from poverty of the mind that has beclouded our sense of reasoning for accepting offering a child that may grow up to be president of this nation to deities. ”
Also , Agoro said there was no Yoruba man more suitable for the title of the Aare Ona Kakanfo than Adams .
Agoro , who noted that the essence of the title had been diminished over time , said only Adams came close to those who occupied the office in the ancient times.
He, therefore , lauded Oba Adeyemi , describing his choice of Adams for the Aare Ona Kakanfo title as “ a vicariously taken decision for the entire (Yoruba ) race at home and abroad. ”
Agoro , the patriarch of the Aladura Church and a former presidential candidate on the platform of the National Action Council , said this in a statement titled , ‘ Gani Adams : The best considered modern-day Aare Ona Kakanfo, ’ and made available to our correspondent on Sunday.
The monarch said , “ The Aare Ona Kakanfo title could be rightly said to have its origin only in the then Oyo Yoruba empire or what one could term the Yoruba kingdom , but which is now politically reduced , bastardised and limited in value contents and relevance to a misnomer title of ‘ Oyo Chiefdom . ’
“ The then Oyo Yoruba empire comprised what is today the western , North- Central Nigeria and Ifon Kingdom of ‘ Idaomi ’ (Dahomey ) in the present – day Republic of Benin. It was an empire brought about and sustained by years of wars and conquests through well -organised military , army and cavalry headed by the Aare Ona Kakanfo under the kingship and leadership of the Alaafin of Yoruba Oyo kingdom.
“ Notable modern – day great Yoruba leaders like the late Chief Ladoke Akintola and Chief Moshood Abiola , who were conferred the Aare Ona Kakanfo title , could be said to have been more of political considerations, then at the heat of politics of their days . ”
He added , “It is a vicariously taken decision for the entire race at home and abroad by the Iku Baba Yeye Alaafin of Oyo , Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi Alowolodu bi Iyere . ”