Aare Ona Kankafo: Tinubu says Alaafin has broken 19 years hiatus

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By Tunde Johnson, Abuja

Bola Tinubu, national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has hailed the Gani Adams, National Coordinator of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) over his appointment as the 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland.

Tinubu in a statement signed by his Media Office noted that Gani’s nomination was well-deserved.

This is even as he also congratulated the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi 111, for breaking the 19 years hiatus in picking another nominee for the prestigious title.

Tinubu noted that the OPC leader had never left anyone in doubt over his resolve to fight for the interest of the Yoruba race.

In a letter addressed to Adams cited by ELENDU REPORTS ONLINE dated October 17, 2017, it reads in part, “Dear Otunba, I congratulate you on your appointment as the next Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland.

“With this, you have joined the elite rank of generalissimos in Yorubaland.

“You deserve this honour. You have a heart of steel. You have never left anyone in doubt about your resolve and readiness to fight for and defend the interest of Yoruba race.

“In Yorubaland, particularly in the old Oyo Empire, the position of Aare Ona Kakanfo has always been a significant one.

“You are now the 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo. Going through the list of those who have occupied the position, you come with an extra youth, vigour and vitality, which would be an added advantage as you forge ahead in the service of our people.

“I rejoice with you and wish you well as you assume this leadership mantle”.

While addressing Alaafin, Tinubu said, “May I congratulate you Kabiyesi, Iku Baba Yeye, over the appointment of Otunba Gani Adams as the 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland.

Tinubu noted that the Alaafin has accomplished another important task.

He averred that the Alaafin has broken the 19 years hiatus in picking another nominee for the prestigious title.

“Otunba Gani Adams’ appointment comes after the demise of the last occupant of the office, Chief MKO Abiola, the acclaimed winner of the June 12 election, who died in incarceration in 1998.

“I commend you Kabiyesi for the thorough search which produced the Oodua People’s Congress Leader as the next occupant.

“While wishing you renewed strength, good health and continued successful reign, I also wish the new Aare Ona Kakanfo a glorious tenure.”

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