- Oba Ogunwusi has said the Yoruba and Igbo are two ethnic groups which are inseparable members of the same family
- According to the Ooni of Ife, the Igbos are still the biggest consumers and users of Kolanut which is only planted in Yorubaland till date
- The monarch said there are a lot of discoveries that the Igbo and Yoruba people once lived together as one family and this will be revealed to the public
The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, has reaffirmed his position on the family ties between Yoruba and Igbo nations, saying the two ethnic groups are inseparable members of the same family.
Legit.ng reports that the monarch in a statement issued in his palace in Ile-Ife, made the affirmation while receiving the Lagos state president of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Solomon Ogbonna, who accompanied the delegation of African farmers and cultural organisation on a courtesy visit to the palace.
Oba Ogunwusi said he was happy to have the president of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Lagos state president in his palace as part of the empowerment initiative.
He said: "Lagos is part of Yoruba land we are all one we are all the same, the history is there, the facts are there, and we should actually put this facts out. Why are we fighting?"
"This is your root. I said it recently, some of our Yoruba kinsmen with ignorance of our history came out with nugatory beratement of my position on the family ties between Yoruba and Igbo people.
"We have to say the truth and the truth must set us all free, we are blood brothers. We should be inseparable. Please feel at home in Yorubaland and respect your Yoruba brothers and sisters too"
"We still have House of Igbo right in this palace till date. We call it ILE IGBO up till now. Our ancestors are buried and transfigured there. That is where Kolanut was first discovered and nurtured."
He said the Igbos are still the biggest consumers and users of Kolanut which is only planted in Yorubaland till date. "Can the Igbos do without Kolanut?" he asked.
"The ancient Igbo house is one of the most sacred places in this palace till date. One of my brother kings - Aka Arogundabi from Iremo quarters saw the mysteries of house of Igbo (Aka-ri-Igbo). Till date, Akarigbo of Remoland still sees house of Igbo as a common heritage of his forebears," Ooni explained.
The African foremost monarch maintained that he is a reincarnated spirit of his ancestors, asking Olugbo of Ugbo in Ondo state, Oba Fredrick Akinrutan Obateru, to visit the Ile-Oodua in Ile-Ife for proofs and evidences on the Igbo/Yoruba ties and also various tribes of Igbo ancestry in Ife.
According to him, "We have a lot of discoveries that the Igbo and Yoruba people once lived together as one family and this will be revealed to the public. We should look at things that connect us together not those that separate us.
"I am a reincarnated spirit of our ancestors, my name is Enitan which means a child of stories and mysteries. I had come to this world before that's why I am Babatunde also and I am back again to establish the truth and nothing but the truth and the truth will set us all free.
"We are all the same. We have about 4 set of sub ethnic Igbos in Yoruba land when we were all together like we have sub ethnic clan in Yoruba race. We have the Egbas, Ijebus, Ekiti, Oyo, Ondo, Itshekiris they are all Yorubas but at the end of the day they belong to the Aku Aaro Oojiire (Omoluwabi ethnic clan)."
Oba Ogunwusi also noted that the Ifa corpus that brought his ancestors from Heaven were and still are Ogbe Meji, Ogbe Ofun and Ofun Meji, adding that Oduduwa clan had Ogbe meji, the Oranfe (Sango) and Obatala clans had Ogbe Ofun and Ofun Meji respectively.
''Our generations thereafter became intertwined with different roles and responsibilites directly from the Almighty God who sent all of the brothers to the world. The facts are there, so it will take the deep efforts to fact find all these facts and connect all the dots together".
"So, people that don't know the story, I'm not trying to cast blame on anybody but if they don't know they should ask. They say one Igbo is different from the other, it is true we have about 4 categories of Igbos we have Igbo Ile, Igbo Oko the Iwinrin sub ethnic clan and Ado na Udu. All make up to the unified Igbo clan".
"There were different clans of Igbos that left from Ife to establish their kingdoms. One of them rebelled back and started coming to cause mayhem in Ife (where they originally came from) and that is the Olugbo kingdom. We should all come together and forget what happened in the past", Ooni added.
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On his part, the president of Ohaeneze in Lagos state, Ogbonna, assured Oba Ogunwusi that the Igbo people hold him in high esteem and would always appreciate his efforts in unifying all the races in Nigeria to peacefully coexist as one inseparable family.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Ooni of Ife celebrated his wife as she added a new year to her age. The queen, Olori Shilekunola Moronke Naomi, celebrated her first birthday in the palace.
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