His Royal Majesty Oba Babatunde Adewale Ajayi, Akarigbo of Remo Kingdom,Torugbuwa II has pledged to join hands with the His Imperial Majesty, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, Arole Oduduwa and Ooni of Ife for the peace, unity and progress of the entire Yoruba race.
Akarigbo gave this assurance recently when Ooni Ogunwusi played host to him and other Remo Traditional Rulers his Ile-Oodua palace, Enuwa, Ile Ife, for a historical visit and traditional rites.
The paramount ruler of the Remoland in Ogun state in the South Western part of Nigeria described Ooni as the Father of Yoruba race endowed with immeasurable and unique human qualities and God given potentials. He therefore called on all the descendants of Oduduwa to support the laudable strides of Ooni and other kings in Yoruba land towards the unity of Yoruba.
Akarigbo confirmed that Akarigbo and the people of Remo migrated from Iremo quarters in Ile-Ife, saying that the history of Remo Kingdom could not be complete without relating it to Ile-Ife, which according to him remained the cradle of Yoruba.
Appreciating Ooni Ogunwusi for his fatherly role in uniting Yoruba people since he ascended to the stool of his forefathers, Akarigbo pledged his loyalty to Ooni as the custodian of the Oduduwa’s sacred throne, expressing his readiness to support the Ooni at anytime to move Yoruba race ahead. “I am so happy that Ooni is on a mission to reunite all the descendants of Oduduwa across the world, and I’m committed to this motive.
We migrated from Iremo quarters in Ile-Ife and the history of Remo Kingdom cannot be complete without Ile-Ife, the cradle of the Yoruba people”, the stressed.
He called on all Yoruba monarchs to support Ooni and other kings in Yoruba land on their efforts to unite Yorubas. “I appreciate Kabiyesi Ooni for his fatherly role in uniting Yoruba race together since he ascended to the stool of his forefathers. I assure you of our readiness to support you kabiyesi at anytime I am called upon in moving Yoruba race forward”, Akarigbo assured.
Akarigbo who arrived the Ooni’s Palace with scores of Remo monarchs was received by the Obalufe of Iremo Quarters, Oba Idowu Adediwura and other traditional chiefs who washed his legs with the living diety water (Yeyemolu-Otooro Omi Ale-Ife) before the off shoot of Orisa-gaani-amu (Shagamu of today). They were later led on a visit to ILE-ASE where Laadin of Ife, Chief Olusegun Arasanmi who is the custodian of the sacred place prayed for Akarigbo, Remo Kingdom, Ile Ife and the entire Yoruba race.
Speaking at the official reception, Ooni Ogunwusi explained that Iremo which is the ancestral home of Remo descendants is highly symbolic to the enthronement of every Ooni, disclosing that both Remo and Ife are indispensable companions.
The Arole Oodua, in a brief history, made reference to an occasion on February 28,1903 which led to the first movement of an Ooni out of his Palace. “Look at Akarigbo and Elepe who are currently sitting cordially here today, there was a huge battle between them which led to the first movement of an Ooni from Ile-Ife. Ooni Adelekan (Olubuse 1) travelled to Lagos on the invitation of the then colonial government to restore peace between them after several rites were performed.
He recalled that during this unusual movement of Ooni from his Palace made all Yoruba kings to leave their respective thrones and domains to show respect for Ooni on that historic day. This gesture of oneness compelled the colonial masters (British) to gazette the occurrence as such that had never been recorded anywhere globally.” Ooni Said.
On the second day, Obalufe of Iremo Quarters, Ife led Akarigbo to Aka compound, the ancestral home of the Remo people, where Akarigbo and his entourage were recieved by hundreds of members of the compound with a ram slaughtered as a traditional rite.
In his speech at Aka’ compound, Obalufe of Iremo kingdom, Oba Idowu Adediwura applauded Akarigbo for the historic visit, charging all sons and daughters of Oduduwa not to forget their homes. He said the Akarigbo’s home coming gesture must be emulated by all other descendants of Oduduwa for the progress of Yoruba nation.
The compound’s head, Pa. Agbo Odewale who presented Akarigbo several gift items on behalf of the Aka compound, described the day as a special day made by Olodumare (God). He congratulated his kinsmen in the compound, Obalufe of Iremo, Ooni Ogunwusi and the visitors for making the event a success.
The Co-Chairman of National Council Of Traditional Rulers Of Nigeria however led Akarigbo and other monarchs to the Oranmiyan Groove known as ‘Opa Oramiyan’ where spiritual rites were performed by the Oba Isoro Owa Eredumi of Ife.
Speaking at the historic home coming, Asiwaju of Remo, Chief Solomon Kayode Onafowokan described the event as a right treat for the rich Yoruba culture, stating that Ile Ife remained home to all descendants of Oduduwa.
The Pro-Chansellor of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife who is the Aremo-Akarigbo of Remoland & the Omo’lokun Adimula of Ife, Chief Yemi Ogunbiyi said the 2-day visit to Ile-Ife would remain unforgettable to the Remo people just the way the 1903 visit of the then Ooni Olubuse 11 has remained perpetually remarkable to them.
Retinue of Traditional Rulers on Akarigbo’s Entourage included amongst others: Ode Remo, Oba Amidu Adetunji, Onijagba of Jagba-Shagamu, Oba S. A. Adesanya, Odemo of Ishara, Oba Albert Adebose, Olofin of Ilisan-Remo, Oba Micheal Deniyan, Ebi of Idena-Remo, Oba Abimbola Omosanya, Alaperu of Iperu, Oba Idowu Basibo and Elepe of Epe-Sagamu, Oba Adewole Osiberu.
Also, several Ife monarchs, as well as prominent indigenes and chiefs of Ife joined Ooni Ife to receive these August visitors. The list included: Professor Muib Opeloye, Chief Ishola Awotorebo, Hon. Rotimi Makinde and Sooko Kemade Elugbaju.
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