President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday described Yoruba as a terrific race that may at all times promote and reward excellence in individuals.
The President mentioned whoever that the race decides to advertise will need to have achieved sufficient to earn such honour, saying the selection of Adebutu Kesington as the brand new Odole Oodua bore eminent testimony to the greatness within the race.
The President spoke in Ile Ife on the reception after the coronation of Sir Kesington Adebutu as the brand new Odole Oodua by Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi.
Two wives of the enterprise mogul, Caroline Adebutu and Aminat Adebutu had been additionally conferred with the titles of Yeyemode and Yeyerewa.
Represented by the Minister of Interior, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, Buhari mentioned whereas he didn’t know a lot in regards to the first holder of the title of Odole, the truth that former Premier of Western Region, Chief Obafemi Awolowo and Chief Kolawole Ajayi (SAN), had been the final two holders of the title underscored the importance of Odole title.
Buhari mentioned in the course of the reign of the final two Odole, the holders labored for the unity of the Yoruba race and the progress of Nigeria as a nation. He expressed hope within the Adebutu’s capability to do higher than his predecessors.
He reminded conventional rulers that they’d at all times be remembered for no matter legacies they depart behind, urged them to proceed to play the roles pillars supporting peace of their numerous domains.
He then counseled Ooni for selling Yoruba tradition, saying preservation of tradition and traditions should be embraced by royal fathers.
“Even though I don’t know much about the history of other holder of the title, the last two Odole, Chief Obafemi Awolowo and Chief Kolawole Ajayi SAN worked for the unity of the Yoruba race and progress of the country,” he mentioned.
Responding on behalf of Adebutu, his eldest son, Ladi, mentioned Yoruba race would proceed to play distinguished function within the affairs of the nation and referred to as for unity to make sure the race retain his delight of place.
He assured that every one the areas highlighted within the president tackle could be given consideration by the brand new Odole.
Earlier, Sir Adebutu, who was pushed in a chariot to Ooni’s Palace later proceeded to Igbo Eede, the place Oranmiyan employees was positioned and later to Ogun shrine the place rites for his coronation had been noticed.
He was later ushered into the palace corridor, the place Ooni and his chiefs accomplished the rites and offered the brand new Odole employees and bronze sword as devices of his new workplace.
Eminent personalities that embody, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, ex president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and former Military Vice President, Oladipo Diya witnessed the occasion.