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2023: Don't Allow Politicians Add To Your Burden, Obasanjo Tells Ooni


                         •Oba Ogunwusi


| The Daily Crucible | Sunday, December 12, 2021

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, on Saturday, warned the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, against allowing Yoruba politicians add to his burden in the build-up to the 2023 general elections.

Obasanjo advised the revered traditional ruler not to direct Yoruba people to support any aspirant or political party.

The elder statesman said the yorubas don't all go in the same direction, explaining that the geopolitical zone's strength rests in part on plurality of choices.

“Don’t direct Yoruba people to support any aspirant, as we don’t all go in the same direction, which is part of our strength in Yorubaland,” Obasanjo warned.

He spoke during the chieftaincy conferment on the Director-General of International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Dr Nteranya Sanginga,
and his wife, Mrs Charlotte Sanginga, by the Ooni at his palace in Ile-Ife, Osun State.

Sanginga who is a citizen of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and his wife, were honoured with Aare and Yeye Aare Afurugbin-Ola of the Source respectively.

The former President hailed Sanginga for his dedication to agriculture, food and nutrition security in Africa, saying the chieftaincy bestowed on him was in recognition of his passion for the development of agriculture in Africa.

He urged Sanginga to see the honour as a call to do more for the continent.

Obasanjo commended Oba Ogunwusi for the choice of Sanginga and his wife for the chieftaincy titles.

He said that they were both worthy of the honour.

“I commend Your Imperial Majesty for the bold step taken to honour this distinguished African who has dedicated his life to agriculture, food security and nutrition in Africa.

“I want to assure you these new chiefs will not disappoint you; that they will not disappoint Ife indigenes and the entire Yoruba race.

“I know and I am sure that they will live up to the honour that you have bestowed on them,” he said.

On politics, he advised Oba Ogunwusi to strike a balance between his role as a royal father and politics in Yoruba land.

“All the sons and daughters of Yoruba land, no matter where they are or their standpoint, will come to meet you. This is expected because you are the father of all.
“Any one of them who says that he is interested in politics, just pray for him and let them go. Anyone who approaches you and says that he wants to be president or governor, just pray for such a person and let him go.

“Don’t direct Yoruba people to support any aspirant, as we don’t all go in the same direction, which is part of our strength in Yorubaland.

 “Please, don’t let politicians add to your burden,” he said.



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