From Bisi Olominu
Prince Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ooni-designate
The traditionalists and Ifa priests have commenced traditional rites for the Ooni-elect, Prince Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi. For the next 21 days, he would be in seclusion.
Investigations showed that the Ooni-elect has started entering the traditional power houses one by one to get himself “fortified”.
Sources told The Hope that the new monarch would be bathed with traditional herbs while he has started communicating with the deities of the land.
Already, Prince Ogunwusi is said to have been taken through some shrines in the palace and those in the ancient town where sacrificial items like white pigeons, kola, palm oil and alligator peppers were freely used to invoke the spirits of deities and other gods in the land for their guidance while steering the ship of Ife.
The source continued that the Ooni-elect would be clothed in white apparel and would move from one shrine to another where the spirits of his ancestors would be invoked.
It was further gathered that,cows and rams would be killed while their blood would be sprinkled on the land in accordance with the dictates of the gods.
Other rites expected to be performed according to sources are lighting of ancient traditional lamps, each of which has its significant role in the ancient town.
These roles, the sources added could not be derelicted for they should be compulsorily carried out to appease the gods if positive results are to be experienced at the end of the day.
Meanwhile,the Oluomo of Ife and former Chairman Ife East Local Council, Chief Gbenga Owolabi has described the emergence of the Ooni elect as long expected, praying that his coming on the throne would bring joy and lasting peace to the traditional home of the Yoruba race.
He felicitated with him on his appointment by the state government and prayed to God to guide and give him wisdom of governance.
Owolabi expressed his delight at the choice of the new Ooni-elect by Ife kingmakers while speaking with journalists in Ile-Ife.
He said “I charge the new Oba to bring his vibrancy of youth, wide contacts and wealth of business experience to bear in the development of Ile-Ife and the State of Osun.
“I also implore him to work assiduously towards the enhancement and sustenance of the globally- acclaimed rich cultural heritage of the Yoruba as a means of uniting the race for peace and progress.”
Owolabi sought from God good health and mind that he would use to make the town a pace-setting one.
“I pray that God will give him the wisdom to administer Ile-Ife and the Yoruba nation as the Arole Oodua”.
He charged all and sundry to cooperate with the new Oba to be able to develop the ancient town.
Meanwhile, the Lafogido Ruling House challenging the decision of the Ife Kingmakers and Osun State Government may have withdrawn their case from the court.
The ruling house had gone to court challenging the decision of the state government and the kingmakers to restrict the occupancy of the stool to the Giesi Ruling House, thereby debarring other ruling houses from contesting the stool.
A reliable source close to the ruling house told our reporter that the Lafogido Ruling House has mandated its counsel to withdraw the case in the interest of peace and tranquility.
It was further learnt that the counsel has received the mandate of the ruling house to discontinue with the case for peace in Ile-Ife.
When contacted on phone, the head of Sookos in Lafogido Ruling House, Chief Adeleke Adewoyin confirmed the development saying that since a new monarch has emerged, there is nothing the ruling house can do again rather than to allow peace to reign.
Sooko Adewoyin who reiterated that the initial claim of the ruling house was to seek the intervention of the state government and other stakeholders to correct the lopsidedness in the rotational ascendancy to the stool of the Ooni argued that his ruling house has been marginalized for long.
Adewoyin, who was a former Deputy Governor of the state under the Chief Adebisi Akande led administration, assured the people of Ile-Ife of the readiness of the ruling house to work with the new Ooni to ensure that lopsidedness is corrected so that the stool will not attract future litigation.
“Since the state government said that we are late in our agitation, then we have no option than to work with the new Ooni to correct the inbalance in the ascendancy processes to the stool.
“There is a popular saying in Ile-Ife that it is against the Ife tradition to fight with the Ooni. If you fight with a sitting Ooni, you bear the consequences. So we have advised our lawyer to withdraw the suit from the court.”