The Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi has emerged as the youngest chancellor in Nigeria with the appointment of the monarch as the chancellor, University of Nigeria, Nsukka by President Mohammadu Buhari.In a statement issued by Yera Moses Olafare, the director of media, Ooni’s palace, copies of which were obtained by newsmen in Ibadan Thursday, President Mohammadu Buhari was commended for recognising Ooni’s efforts to promote unity among Nigerians.
The statement said ” Ile Oodua is thankful to the people’s President Mohammadu Buhari of the
Federal Republic of Nigeria for the appointment of Ooni, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi, as the chancellor, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, UNN” , saying the development would further enable the monarch to build more bridges of friendship especially across the Niger.
The statement further noted that Oba Ogunwusi was ready to bring to bear, his influence and connections to promote unity and harmonious working relationships in the university.
The palace also admonished Nigerians to promote only issues that can foster unity to ensure speedy development rather than playing up their differences.
The statements reads: “It is incontrovertible today that Ooni Ogunwusi is a bridge builder and being the youngest chancellor appointed for the only university bearing “Nigeria” is worth the celebration.
“His appointment as chancellor, University Of Nigeria, Nsuka is considered as a positive sign that can further enhance peaceful coexistence of our dear nation as it was clearly stated in the letter of appointment written
and signed by Honorable Minister of Education, Alhaji Adamu Adamu on behalf of Mr President that Kabiyesi’ appointment is based on his wealth of experience and his capacity to manage men and resources which he has demonstrated in the administration of his Kingdom in the last three months.”
The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, has called on the Senate President, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki to keep making the youths proud as both himself and the younger generation would continue to look forward to him.
Oba Ogunwusi who stated this when he visited Saraki in his Abuja residence on Wednesday, according to a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Senate President, Sanni Onogu, said it was time for leaders at all levels to rekindle the hope of youths in the country by making them comfortable in their pursuits.
The monarch said he visited Saraki in deference to Saraki’s Office as the Senate President and to “give honour to whom honour is due.”
He said his present exalted office as the Ooni of Ife would not make him forget his primary constituency who are the youths of this country. He said the visit was memorable to him and Nigerian youths.
He said he was in the house of the Senate President with the message of unity and peaceful coexistence among all Nigerians irrespective of region, tribe or religion.
Oba Ogunwusi said: “Today is actually another memorable day for me and entire youths of this country. For every leadership, there is always a followership. A leader cannot emerge without followers. As a result we have to give honour to whom honour is due. ”It is a great honour today that I am here to come and respect the office of our amiable Senate President because the entire country is obviously looking up to our leaders. I am here today to preach peace and unity of our dear country.”
In his address, Saraki said he was highly honoured by the visit of the royal father and prayed God to grant him long life, wisdom and a successful reign.
He described the Ooni as a “man of our generation” and said he will continue to support the monarch in whatever way possible to succeed in his present assignment as a royal father.