By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo in dramatic move Friday, 5th February, 2016 postrated flat for the Ooni of Ife Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi just as he commended the monarch’s move in uniting the Yoruba race.
Obasanjo’s prostration generated surprise from members of his entourage but a thunderous applause by other people present at the palace rented the air.
The former president expressed support for the unity campaign championed by Oba Ogunwusi saying it was a step in the right direction.
Ooni Ogunwusi had been visiting Yoruba monarchs as a way of ensuring unity among the race.
Among those visited are the Aalafin of Oyo and Awujale of Ijebuland among others.
Obasanjo said the Obas in Yoruba land need to unite if there would be real unity in Yoruba land.
Obasanjo who said embarked on the unscheduled to the Ooni’s palace to pay homage to him since he was appointed and given the staff of Office as the 51st Ooni.
He had been received by prominent traditional rulers in Ile-Ife before proceeding to the palace of Ogunwusi where he postrated flat as a symbol of respect to the 40 years old Ooni.
The former president explained that the unity move by the Ooni was important for the progress of Yorubaland.
He urged the Ooni not to relent in his move to ensure unity, adding that Ife remained the source of Yorubaland.
He said, “I commend the role of Ooni in ensuring peace in Yorubaland. Continue what you are doing, especially your unity course. I am happy with the move taken so far.
“It is only a sign of honour for the Ooni to visit anyone. That does not stop Ile-Ife from its position in the history of Yorubaland.”
Obasanjo subsequently prayed for the progress of Ife and Yorubaland.
He also apologised for not being present at the Ooni’s coronation.
He said he came to Pay homage to the Ooni who he described as his father and father of all Yoruba people.
On his part, the Ooni expressed appreciation for the former president’s visit.
Oba Ogunwusi said he was pleased that Ife people did not select a wrong person to occupy the throne.
Among those present during the visitation were Dr. Femi Okunnu; Femi Majekodunmi; Chief Oyewole Fasawe; Ayo Balogun and a host of others.