Obasanjo Urges Yoruba Traditional Rulers Against Endorsing Political Aspirants

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has encouraged Yoruba traditional rulers to refrain from openly endorsing political candidates, stating that their role should be restricted to offering prayers to those who come to them to discuss politics.

He also advised Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, the Ooni of Ife, that Yoruba people should not be pressured to support any political candidate because the race was not known for being loyal to a single political party.

Dr. Nterenya Sanginga, Director General of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture in Ibadan, and his wife, Charlotte Kurara, were installed as Aare and Yeye Afurugbin Ola of the source at the palace of Ooni in Ile-Ife, where he was joined by dignitaries including Rasidi Ladoja, the ex-Oyo State governor.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo urged Ooni to be wary of those who opposed his accession to the throne but now sought his support for political gain, claiming that Yorubas will never support a single political party.

Although it was understandable for Ooni to forgive some individuals for their roles in the royal search, Obasanjo warned the monarch to be wary of political office seekers.

“I appreciate your spirit,” Obasanjo added, referring to Ooni. If God had allowed those who are currently coming to meet you, you would not be in this position, as you know. It’s wonderful to have a forgiving heart, but please let us know what we’re up to.”

Oba Ogunwusi, who was praying for the IITA director and his wife, remarked that their new positions would strengthen the roles they have been playing in promoting agriculture.

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