The Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi. Ojaja IIhas tasked governments at all levels, especially in the South West, to ensure the sustenance of Yoruba culture and history for the growth of the region.
The royal father who made the bugle call in Ile-Ife, Osun State this weekend when the chairman of the Aviation Roundtable (ART), Dr Gabriel Olowo, s’ visited the palace to thank the royal majesty for honoring her 70th birthday recently, lamented how the abandonment of culture and the government’s gradual erasure of history would negatively affect the country.
According to Ooni Ogunwusi, to save the day, there must be practical efforts by everyone to support the culture and history of the region, otherwise he warned that false information could be passed on to the next generation.
Ogunwusi, who said many of the Ile-Ife stories were not well documented or told from the biased perspective of those promoting them, said tIn order to ensure true representation, the Royal Stool of Ile-Ife instituted Studies of Ife where the history and culture of the town would be well told and documented.
His words: “We have what we now call Ife studies where knowledge of physics, medicine and the like is acquired. The Bible is only 6,000 years old, but we had an Ooni who ruled the throne for 2,200 years. When we tell this story the majority thinks it is not possible, but we had Methuselah in the Bible who lived for 962 years. If Methuselah was enthroned as Ooni at the age of 30, for example, at least he would be 932 years on the throne, or almost a thousand years.
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“And we had another Ooni who was on the throne for 422 years, 300 years, 190 years, 175 years, Ogboru was on the throne for 195 years and if you all calculate yourself cumulatively you will know that the lineage of the world even from Adam in the Bible to this day, only 3,000 years ago, Jesus Christ is over 2,000 years old Adam to Jesus Christ was a thousand All this was in the Bible and it is clear .
Commenting, Olowo said he was in the palace to thank the Ooni for attending his recently celebrated 70th birthday and book launch; Cut costs without cutting corners,” in Lagos despite his busy schedule.
Olowo, who is also a native of Ile-Ife, Osun State, however regretted that Yoruba culture and history is being lost among the sons and daughters of the region and challenged every parent to instill Yoruba culture in their wards and children.
Furthermore, the aviation expert lamented the poor road network in the region, pointing out that this increases the cost of selling agricultural products.
While saying that with an efficient form of intermodal transport linked to the airport, the transport of goods and services would be transparent and cheaper, Olowo requested the repeal of certain infrastructure and amenities under the government’s exclusive clause federal government which he said was slowing development across the country as it increased states’ dependence on the federal government.
“I am strongly in favor of terminating the exclusivity clause, which puts a lot of things under the federal government. There are things that we should leave to the state and local communities, let’s build our immediate environment and together we we will be a stronger nation.
“The exclusivity clause has been a bigger problem for the growth of the economy. We have things on our land that we can use and generate wealth for our economy. That’s a key lesson to be learned from here and it’s not just in Ile-Ife, it’s like that in the western region.
“Ile-Ife needs a lot of infrastructure because, for example, it is historically an agricultural environment. If I have to establish the raw materials or the semi-finished materials, I need a road to get to the market and if there is a good network of roads in the western region for example, all the western governors come together to provide the region’s super roads, once there is a road, agricultural products can flow.