Ile-Ife of my dream, by Ooni
By Gbenga Olarinoye
OSOGBO—President Muhammadu Buhari, the representative of the Queen of England, Queen Elizabeth II and Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, are some of the dignitaries expected on December 7, at the installation and presentation of staff of office to the new Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Babatunde Ogunwusi, Ojaja II.
Other prominent traditional rulers expected at the ceremony are the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, the Shehu of Borno, Alake of Egbaland and Awujale of Ijebuland, among others.
Also to attend are the 36 governors, members of the Federal Executive Council FEC , diplomats and captains of industries.
Briefing newsmen in Ile-Ife, yesterday, on the activities lined up for the coronation, the chairman, media sub- committee of the installation planning committee, Comrade Biyi Odunlade, said the two-week activities for the installation of Oba Ogunwusi would be rounded off on Sunday, December 13, 2015 with an inter-denomination service in Ile-Ife.
Odunlade said President Buhari and other dignitaries are billed to attend the December 7 installation of Oba Ogunwusi, adding that many heads of missions in Nigeria have also signified their intention to attend.
Unveiling his programmes for the town, Oba Ogunwusi, according to report, has promised to work towards fostering unity among the Yoruba race.
Oba Ogunwusi, whose speech was read by his elder brother, Prince Adegboyega Ogunwusi, at the media parley, said he intended to empower youths in the town through sports and vocational training.
The royal father, who said efforts are already on to improve amenities like power and water supply in Ile-Ife, promised to build on existing peace in Ife and its adjoining communities.
The monarch said he would relocate his furniture factory, EH Furnitures to Ife and ensure that indigenes of the town are employed at the establishment.
Oba Ogunwusi added he had already opened discussion with Osun State Government to set up a football academy and have 16 clubs in Ife which he said would provide jobs for over 1,000 youths in the town.