Yoruba interest: Ooni caucus to meet Obasanjo, Soyinka, Olubadan, others

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Yoruba interest: Ooni caucus to meet Obasanjo, Soyinka, Olubadan,

Ooni’s Caucus, a Yoruba group recently inaugurated by the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, will in the coming weeks meet ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo, Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona; and other top Yoruba political and traditional leaders.

The Coordinator of Ooni’s Caucus, Mr. Akin Osuntokun, confirmed the development to Punch.

Osuntokun said the meeting with top Yoruba leaders is geared towards seeking solutions to the challenges facing the South-West and also to pursue the interests of the Yoruba race.

According to him, other leaders who will meet the caucus include Nobel laureate Prof Wole Soyinka; and the leader of Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, Chief Ayo Adebanjo.

The caucus will also meet the Ooni himself; The Olowo of Owo, Oba Ajibade Ogunoye III; Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona; and Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, Aje Ogungunniso 1.

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Others include the Soun of Ogbomosoland, Oba Oladunni Oyewumi; Alake of Egbaland, Oba Aremu Gbadebo; Ewi of Ado Ekiti, Oba Rufus Adejugbe; and Osemawe of Ondo, Oba Victor Kiladejo.

Osuntokun said, “Those to be consulted are the high-ranking opinion leaders and traditional rulers including Professor Wole Soyinka; President Olusegun Obasanjo; Afenifere leader, Ayo Adebanjo; Olowo of Owo; Awujale; Olubadan; Soun of Ogbomoso; Alake; Ewi; Osemawe; and others.

“We will consult with them on the sustenance and promotion of the collective welfare of the Yoruba, especially against the backdrop of the present political crisis. We will seek their blessings and counsel on how best to proceed in the pursuit of this objective.”

He added that the meeting with the Ooni would come within the next two weeks.