It will be difficult for Nigeria to progress if Yorubas, Igbos don’t unite - Ooni of Ife

It will be difficult for Nigeria to progress if Yorubas, Igbos don’t unite - Ooni of Ife

- Ogunwusi Ojaja II has urged the Yorubas and Igbos to come together in unity

- The Ooni of Ife said their unity is central to the progress of the country

- The traditional ruler said the two ethnic groups share a lot of things in common

The Ooni of Ife, Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, has said that for Nigeria and the entire continent to progress, it needs the unity of the Yorubas and Igbos.

Vanguard reports that the traditional ruler made this call when he received His Royal Highness, Igwe Cyprian Mmaduabuchi Nevobasi, Ezeani III of Mmaku, Enugu state and other prominent Igbo leaders who visited his palace.

The Ooni described the Yoruba people of southwestern part of Nigeria and their Igbo counterpart in the southeast as two inseparable African. He said their unity is paramount to achieve a great country.

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He said: “We need to cement our togetherness in this country because without the coming together of the Igbo and the Yoruba natives, it will be very difficult for Nigeria and the entire continent of Africa to progress. We are the real embodiment of the black people and the continent of Africa is looking forward to us.

“Handshake across the Niger like this is very important because we belong to the same family, so we should not separate ourselves the more. Let us look into things that bind us together like our rich cultures and traditions.

“We want to tell you today that we are now directly associating from the Kingdom of Ife to the entire Mmakun Kingdom in Igboland and Your Royal Highness have cemented that good relationship with this visit."

In his address, Igwe Cyprian Mmadubuchi described the Ooni as a symbol of unity.

He commended the Ooni for courage and candour for championing such strategic initiative on behalf of other traditional rulers.

“I am loyal to your Imperial Majesty and I am here to assure you that you have found your missing ribs in the southeast. I have seen with my eyes that you are a moving train, you have proven to our nation that you are a great leader we can trust and we are following you. Infact, if we Africans were Catholic, you are the black Pope,” he said.

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Meanwhile, the Ooni of Ife had earlier charged historians to deepen their research on African history, following the mixed reactions that trailed his declaration about the age-long relationship between the Yoruba natives and the Igbo people of Southeastern Nigeria.

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