James Sowole in Akure

The Deji of Akure kingdom, Oba Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade Aladelusi, on Saturday said any monarch in Yorubaland that cannot trace his origin to Ile-Ife is not a bona fide descendant of Oduduwa.

Aladelusi stated this in Akure while playing host to the Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi (Ojaja II), who was on a unity visit to some monarchs in Ondo State.

Pointedly, Aladelusi stated that it is only those monarchs that can trace their origin to Ile-Ife that are real descendants of Oduduwa.

The monarch described the visit of Ooni to some paramount rulers in Yorubaland to preach unity and love as a welcome development that can bring the Yoruba race together.

He lauded the new Ooni for his exhortation of God at all times, his dedication to uplifting the youths and his mission of fostering unity around the country, especially among Yoruba Obas.

Aladelusi assured the Ooni, who he described as his father and that of the entire Ood’ua nation, of his kingdom’s total cooperation as they all originated from Ile-Ife hundreds of years ago.

“When I received your text message that you are coming to visit me, I was at a meeting then, and I can’t believe the text message due to the way you address me in that message, I have to read the message over and over. If you can respect me in such way, then who am I not to respect you.”
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