- The Olówá of Igbara-Oke, Oba Agbede, paid a courtesy visit to the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Akanbi
- During the visit, both monarchs called for unity among Yoruba nation
- Oba Akanbi noted that the position of traditional ruler must be respected in Yoruba land
The Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, and the Olówá of Igbara-Oke, Oba Francis Agbede, have called for the unity among the Yoruba nation.
Legit.ng reports that the monarchs made the call when Oba Agbede paid a courtesy visit to the ancient palace of Oluwo, adding that Iwo and Igbara-Oke were important to the land of Oduduwa, Ile-Ife.
While applauding the achievements of Oba Akanbi, Olowa said there is need for all Yoruba monarchs to come together in unity and in one voice in the interest of Yoruba land and her cultural heritage.
He said it would be a thing of joy and that it would deepen the confidence the younger generations would have in Yoruba traditional institution.
"We are all descendants of Oduduwa and having our source at Ile-Ife, we need to have a unity of purpose irrespective of our domains. In upholding the culture and traditions bequeathed to us by our forefathers, we should also know that our children are watching us," he said.
While responding, the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Akanbi appreciated the visit and the call by Olowa of Igbara-Oke on the unity of Yoruba monarchs.
He said he is currently championing a crusade to liberate Yoruba nation from the ills of underdevelopment, and urged Olowa to support his traditional anti-corruption crusade.
Oba Akanbi said there is need to raise the standard of Yoruba culture and tradition to meet with the present day life and practice so as to attract and bring development to the land.
"We cannot be doing things the same way and expect changes. Our forefathers have made their names that is why we are celebrating them, we also need to make names for ourselves, and leave a good legacies for our children and children's children."
He said the position of traditional ruler must be respected in Yoruba land because monarchs are the representative of Olodumare (God) on earth.
"Monarchs are not in the category of deities, they are the head of all deities. We must not in anyway equate monarchs with men, they are not in the same category," he said.
He said the division among Yoruba monarchs had been from time immemorial and "this has affected so many things, even in the areas of societal mutual relationship. I therefore call for calm among traditional institution as a model and establish the custom for collective synergy."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Oba Abdul-Rasheed Adewale Akanbi, Telu I, the Oluwo of Iwoland, denied claims that Oduduwa, the progenitor of the Yoruba race, was the last born of an Igbo prince.
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