By Prince Adeoluwa Gbolagunte Folagbade Omiyale
Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Babatunde Akande Ogunwusi (Ojaja II) has shown the world with his wise conducts,achievements and accomplishments that he is a great Monarch with distinction and difference.
There are strong pointers to the fact that Oonirisa has come on the scene to make a statement, a mark that might see him placed as the greatest Yoruba monarch modern Nigerian history ever Produced.
Ever since he received his staff of office and instrument of appointment,it has been achievements upon accomplishments.
Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Babatunde Akande Ogunwusi succeeded the late Ooni Okunade Sijuwade that died on Tuesday, July 28, 2015.
Ooni Enitan who was born October 17, 1974, is the 51st Ooni of Ife and one does not need to look too far as to understand why he was chosen to rule the great kingdom of Ife and indeed the entire Yorubaland.
The monarch who was described by The Vangurd as “an astute entrepreneur driven by turning impossibilities to ‘possibilities’”, has started to carryout projects that tell a lot about the kind of leader he is.
On ascending the throne, Oba Enitan took the bull by its horns when he began make moves to still the storm of an age-long fued between Ife and Modakeke.
On a visit to the Osun state governor, Rauf Aregbesola,the Ojaja II said he had set up the House of Oduduwa Trust Fund for the rebuilding of the property destroyed during the war between the aggrieved communities.
The Ooni informed that the two communities have resolved to permanently end the animosity between them, adding that the youth who had been jobless hitherto should be assisted to start some jobs on their own.
In keeping to his words regarding unemployed youths, the Ooni acquired 30 square miles of land in IIe Ife for oil palm, cocoa and rubber plantation.
The monarch disclosed that the agricultural investment would boost job creation, as more than 40,000 youths will be employed and it will lead to the reduction of crime rate in IIe Ife and Osun state.
According to a statement made by the director, media and public affairs Ooni’s palace,Comrade Yera Moses Olafare, the Ooni has gone on to declare that he would be dedicated and committed to youth development.
Still keeping in line with the objective of employment and empowerment, Ooni Adeyeye donated a vast estate of land to the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) for the purpose of building ”Women Journalists Estate.”
The Ooni in emphasizing the importance of women in the society, said that without women there cannot be any existence, stressing that women are valuable and indispensable companion.
Oonirisa unveiled “Olofin Adimula” intercity mass transit scheme in Ife,saying the intercity mass transit buses which costs over N50 million, were introduced to reduce transportation cost and the challenges faced by commuters.
The Ooni of Ife has shown that he is a custodian of culture, one who respect the ordinance of the most high God.The Monarch is one that thrives in the area of culture and tourism.
He recently played host to the contestants of Miss Oodua beauty pageants that paid him a courtesy visit, admonishing them of the virtues of a Yoruba queen.
Though being the custodian of the Oduduwa (Oodua) legacy, Oba Enitan has shown that in his humble self, there is a place of respect for the Almighty God.
Ooni Ogunwusi also revealed that God has ordered him to unite the Yoruba race. The monarch noted when he received the paramount ruler of Remo kingdom, Oba Michael Adeniyi Sonariwo and other who royal fathers, that the Yoruba people are the most loved people by God on earth and that the race would be able to achieve good things when united.
The Ooni has started making moves to see that the entire Yoruba kingdom is united. It would be recalled that the Ooni rewrote history on Sunday, January 17, 2016 when he became the first Ooni to visit Oyo town since 1937.
His visit to felicitate with the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III, on his 45th coronation anniversary thanksgiving, gave a new view to the “cold supremacy tussle” that allegedly exists between monarchs in Yorubaland.
At the ceremony, the Ooni said he recognized the place of Oyo in Yoruba history, adding that a new dawn had fallen on Yoruba monarchs and the people.
This famous visit has led many to get a rethink and silent feuds amongst the Oodua people had drastically subsided.
Following the footstep of Ooni, Governors Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti and Rauf Aregbesola of Osun state set aside their political differences and they are now United as one family.
These accomplishments and many makes the Ooni of Ife an outstanding monarch and a leader extraordinaire, one who has become a reference point for now and the future.
Perhaps if he continues in this stride, then he may earn himself the title of the greatest monarch in modern Nigerian history.
Ooni Adeyeye Babatunde Akande Ogunwusi,the Symbol of Peace and Unity.
Prince Adeoluwa Gbolagunte Folagbade Omiyale