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Ooni Of Ife, Oba Of Benin Crowned By The Igbo – Prof. Osuagwu |The Republican News

 

 

By Prof. Osuagwu

 

There is a more poignant point people can make about Igbo linkage to the autochthonous peoples of what we now call Western Nigeria.

Ironically, it is the Ooni of Ife that is making that point, but people lack the background knowledge to understand.

If Eastern Igbo understand that it is the autochthonous Igbo at Igbomokun, aka Ile-Ife, that must crown Ooni of Ife; as they must crown Oba of Benin and the Ezenri, all this ethnic arguments will take a less hostile and quarrelsome form.

The honest and wise current Ooni has, since he was coronated, been trying to draw attention to this historical and anthropological fact.

The press just report him and it ends there. Just two weeks ago; during the Aje Festival, the Ooni had been quoted as pointing out:

  1. Jews came from Igboland and not the reverse and
  2. There are autochthonous Igbo at Ile-Ife, who are related to the Igbo in Eastern Nigeria.

This Igbo he refers to are in fact those that welcomed Oduduwa when he came from the Benin Kingdom, and who still have to crown the Ooni.

Those Igbo who rejected the cultural and the political ideas of Oduduwa people, from whom Moremi saved them, are still there ruled by Olugbo of Ugbo.

Till today, the Oba of Benin pays rent to the autochthonous people he reigns.

We should get to know who these people are.

We should find out why Ezes from Ikwerre, Ohaoda, etc published advertorials congratulating the ruler of these people to whom Oba Bini had stopped paying rent, but was compelled, by the courts, to resume making payments in a landmark ruling in 2017.

Can a prince of Benin; which the Oba of Lagos is, justifiably talk to Igbo about territorial issues anyhow he likes?

Many of the Yoruba picking quarrel will know that the Igbo are their true cousins.

But ignorance on both sides is a disease.

People should listen to Ooni.

God has endowed the Igbo with almost magical attributes, but only the knowledgeable thrives.

 

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Olojo Festival: Ooni Advocates For Making Culture Inspiring For Youths |RN

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From Clement Adeyi, Osogbo

Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has called for total repackaging of African culture through advocacies capable of inspiring interest and practice, especially among the youths.

The monarch made the call in his palace, ahead of the annual Olojo festival, which is one of the major cultural activities in Ile-Ife, Osun State, scheduled for this month.

He stressed the need to remove all negative tags and impressions about cultural beliefs of the black race to be able to maximise cultural benefits.

Oba Ogunwusi also called for proper education of the younger generation on the significance of major cultural celebrations of the Yoruba race. 

He disclosed that some foreign tourists, including members of Black Caucus of Pennsylvania House of Representatives and about 150 other black America tourists have already indicated interest to participate in the event as a part of tourism experience

The monarch,  who gave a historical background of the festival, revealed that during the festival, the Ooni would wear the Are Crown, an annual ritual and take a trip to Oke Mogun, the spot where the first dusk and dawn reportedly first happened.

Highlighting activities lined up to make this year’s festival a rewarding outing for tourists and participants, Oba Ogunwusi said it would feature reorientation workshop for the youths on culture, football competition, ayo olopon, fashion show and traditional musical night.

The Ooni is expected to go into a seven-day seclusion, to commune with his ancestors, and pray for Nigeria before the grand finale slated for September 30, 2017. (The Sun)

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Ile-Ife Unrest: One-sided Arrests Wrong, Says Tunde Bakare

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Pastor Tunde Bakare

Ademola Oni

The Serving Overseer of the Latter Rain Assembly, Lagos, Pastor Tunde Bakare, on Sunday, condemned the mode of arrests in the aftermath of the clash between the indigenes and the Hausa community in the ancient town.

Speaking in Lagos during his sermon at the Latter Rain Assembly, Bakare described as “an abuse” the arrest of some Yoruba as suspects in the clash and the justification of the arrest by the police.

The police had paraded 20 suspects of Yoruba extraction in Abuja last week, alleging that they masterminded the riot in the town on March 8, where 46 persons were reportedly killed.

Police spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, who conducted the parade, did not, however, give reasons why no Hausa, who were involved in the clashes, were arrested as suspects.

The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, justified the arrests, which some Yoruba groups and individuals had described as one-sided and unacceptable.

But Bakare, stressing the importance of justice and equity in nation-building, wondered what could have informed the arrest of members of a party in the crisis, leaving out the culprits on the other side.

“If there is a fight between two people, you don’t arrest one person and leave the other.  What you do is to arrest the two and let the law takes its course. To arrest one party and leave the other and even go ahead to justify it is an abuse.

“No one should be allowed to promote ethnic agenda in the country. That is not the way of righteousness,” added the cleric, who spoke on ‘The raising of a model leader’.

Bakare equally accused those he described as “sons of disobedience” around President Muhammadu Buhari of leaking a memo, written by the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai, to the President.

El-Rufai had, in the 28-page memo, said to have been written in September 2016, drew Buhari’s attention to the state of the nation, warning the President that the All Progressives Congress-led Federal Government was failing to deliver on its promises to Nigerians.

Some analysts had argued that the outspoken Kaduna State governor leaked the memo to the media, ostensibly to rubbish the incumbent Buhari administration and curry favour towards his rumoured 2019 presidential ambition.

Bakare alleged that those around Buhari deliberately leaked the memo to create friction between the President and the governor to fulfil their selfish interests.

The cleric explained that he joined El-Rufai to deliver the letter to Buhari at the Presidential Villa last year.

Bakare stated, “I can never deny that I knew about the memo; I knew about it. I flew from Lagos to meet El-Rufai in Abuja to discuss the contents with President Buhari. There were just three of us at the meeting.

“The memo was an assessment of what was going on; where mistakes had been made and things were not going on well; and what could be done to move the country forward.

“It was not an attack on anybody or on the President but some sons of disobedience around President Buhari leaked the memo to Sahara Reporters to make it look as if it was meant to attack the President for their own selfish interests.

“Can you imagine that the memo was written in September last year and some people think that they could gain from that? Woe betides anyone who thinks he can further his interest by manipulating anything in this era.”

Going short of mentioning the names of those he accused of leaking the memo, Bakare, who contested as the running mate to Buhari in the 2011 presidential election on the platform of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change, stated that it was too late for anyone to set him against the President.

The pastor lamented that most Nigerian leaders “hate those who love them and love those who hate them”, saying some leaders of the nation only listened to those who did not wish them well.

Bakare said though one did not have the right to choose one’s father, one had the right to choose one’s model in life, asking leaders in the nation to promote righteousness in order to ensure that there was joy in the land.

He also berated the Senate for leaving pressing matter of national importance to concentrate on a flippant issue of the uniform of the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Col. Hameed Ali (retd.).      (Punchng.com)

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Ife Unrest: Arrest Hausa Suspects Within 48 hours, OPC Warns FG

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Dr Fredrick Fasheun

Olufemi Atoyebi,  Kamarudeen Ogundele,  Eniola Akinkuotu, and Toluwani Eniola

A pan-Yoruba group, Oodua People’s Congress, has given the Federal Government and the Nigeria Police Force 48 hours to arrest the Fulani/Hausa persons involved in the crisis in Ile-Ife, Osun State, which resulted in the death of about 46 persons.

The OPC gave the warning in a statement by its founder, Dr. Fredrick Fasehun, on Thursday.

It said, “We hereby call on the Federal Government to intervene within the next 48 hours to ensure that justice is institutionalised and no side is provoked to defend justice according to its whims and caprices. Various communities have Abraham as their father. A word is enough for the wise.”

The group said it was unfortunate that 20 Yoruba persons, including a monarch, were arrested and paraded by the police while not a single Hausa/Fulani belligerent was detained.

The OPC added, “The police and the Federal Government appear determined to make scapegoats of Yoruba living in Ife over this crisis. It is unfortunate, strange and insensitive that two people are fighting and authorities are arresting only one party in this unfortunate mayhem.

“We sympathise with all victims and casualties over this moment of madness that has eroded two centuries of harmonious cohabitation between the Hausa settlers and their Yoruba hosts. But we demand equal treatment of everyone involved on both sides of this crisis.”

The group questioned the role of a former Kano State governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, in the arrest of the 20 persons.

It said Kwankwaso stampeded Governor Rauf Argebesola of Osun State and the Commissioner of Police into the ‘senseless’ arrests.

According to the OPC, Kwankwaso’s role is reminiscent of the role played by President Muhammadu Buhari in the Yoruba/Fulani clash in Ibadan in 2000.

“Kwankwanso’s post-violence role in Ife is akin to that played by Gen. Muhammadu Buhari who in October 2000 travelled to Ibadan to challenge the late governor Lam Adesina over the reprisal on Fulani herdsmen who had unleashed an orgy of raping and killings on Yoruba farming communities.

“This kind of bias will only embolden belligerent Hausa-Fulani throughout Nigeria and give them pariah status amongst other nationalities,” the OPC warned.

The OPC decried the failure of the police and the Federal Government to dislodge Fulani herdsmen who had since 2016 invaded and occupied the Agatu and Oturkpo communities in Benue State and parts of Enugu State.

“Where are those Hausa-Fulani who went on a killing spree in Southern Kaduna, Agatu and Chief Olu Falae’s farm? Are they untouchable? The Federal Government and the police should stop behaving as if Nigeria is the Hausa-Fulani’s conquered territory where they can kill and maim and rape at will,” the OPC.

Also, the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, and the Gani Adams’ faction of the OPC have  cautioned the police over the handling of investigation on the crisis in Ile-Ife.

In separate statements, they accused the police of displaying ethnic bias in their investigation, noting that this is not good for the unity of Nigeria and its people.

The governor, who condemned the killing of innocent people and destruction of properties in Ile-Ife, said crime must be treated as crime; “whether committed by Yoruba, Ibo, Hausa or any tribe. However, handling of crime must be without ethnic bias,” he added.

Fayose said it was “strange that in a clash involving the people of Ile-Ife, who are Yoruba and Hausa, who are settlers in the ancient town, only Yoruba were arrested, taken to Abuja and paraded before the press.”

The governor, in a statement issued in Ado Ekiti on Thursday, by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, condemned the mayhem and described the loss of innocent souls as unfortunate.

The statement said, “If there was a clash between Yoruba people and Hausa in Ile-Ife, are the police now saying that only the Yoruba took part in the crisis?

“Both Yoruba and Hausa were attacked. Properties belonging to both Yoruba and Hausa were destroyed. Are the police saying that those 20 Yoruba that they paraded in Abuja were the ones who attacked the Yoruba people that were also victims of the crisis and destroyed those houses belonging to the indigenes of Ile-Ife that were destroyed?

“In my own opinion, the investigation so far conducted by the police was done with ethnic bias and I demand a thorough investigation that is devoid of ethnic sentiments.

“Also, to prevent a recurrence of such crisis, I call on the Osun State Government to set up a judicial panel of inquiry to ascertain the remote and immediate causes of the crisis, as well as identify the masterminds of the crisis.”

Also, the OPC has criticised the Nigeria Police Force for conducting what it described as a subjective investigation into the March 8 crisis in IIe-Ife.

The OPC in a statement  by Adams on Thursday, said it wondered why those who triggered the violence had not been paraded by the police.

The group described the entire investigation as “lopsided, highly bias and possesses an element of foundation of injustice.”

Meanwhile, son of the governor of the old Ondo State, Adekunle Ajasin, Tokunbo, has decried Yoruba monarch’s silence after the police paraded only Yoruba people in the aftermath of the crisis between Yoruba and Hausa-Fulani in Ile-Ife.

Ajasin, who spoke in Ibadan on Thursday, is the founder of Atayese Federalist Movement, a Yoruba socio-cultural group.

Ajasin, who chided the police for showing bias against the Yoruba people in the arrest of suspects, said he was shocked and surprised that Yoruba monarchs had not risen to defend their people in the face of persecution. He described the police action as treachery against Yoruba nation.

He added, “…We are surprised that none of our traditional rulers said anything even when one of them was arrested along with the suspects. That is sacrilegious.”  (Punchng.com)

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Oduduwa Was Never The Founder Of Yoruba Race , Ife, He Met People There | The Republican News

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By Ike A. Offor

These are the indubitable facts about the history of Yoruba, and the presence of Benin and Igbo, Nupe in the ancient and consequently in the present day Yoruba race.

Many renowned history scholars have written about how much the Igbo and Benin are involved in the history of Yoruba race and some have been very blunt about the make up all these three groups, Igbo, Benin and Nupe. Igbo, Yoruba, and Benin are found in each others land at different times in the ancient historical records.

Read more: Yoruba, Benin And The Burden Of History In The Royal Politics Of Nigeria-1 |The Republican News

The similarity in these groups could also be seen from a linguistics approach, Yorubas, Igbos, Nupe, Idoma, Edo, Igala and some other groups all share a common ancestor.  They just splintered into different groups, with cultures, languages and histories. But no one can deny, that there are many similarities amongst their languages.
One would go even further to say that the Fon and Ewe should be included as well because their languages are also similar to Yoruba, Igbo and Nupe, Idoma, Edo, Igala.
In a book by Prof. Boalaji Aremo, as would be expected, Chapter One is a general introduction that provides brief notes on Yoruba and Igbo and their native speakers. The chapter also discusses the main objective of the book: to report the findings from a study aimed at searching (through books and among fluent speakers) for examples of words that are similar in sound and meaning in both Yoruba and Igbo and could, therefore, give further support for the claim by linguists that the two languages descended from the same ancestral language.
The next three chapters list, often with very interesting and informative “clarificatory” notes, the hundreds of examples the author has found of Igbo/Yoruba cognates, i.e Igbo and Yoruba words that are similar in sound and meaning by reason of having been inherited by the two languages from a common Igbo/Yoruba parent language.
It is intended that by considering the examples, the reader will be able to form a good impression of how the languages have diverged over time. And the items listed include: agba (or akpÍ, akpå)/agbÍn (= ‘chin’), awÍ /ewu (= ‘grey hair’), aga (or Ëga)/agan (= ‘barrenness, infertility, a barren woman’), Ígwå/oogun (= ‘medicine, poison, charm’), dimkpa/ igiripa (or giripa) (= person in prime of manhood, strong man, man of strength and courage’), Ëra (or Íra, Íha, Ísa)/ara (or ira (CY)) (= ‘the citizenry, the people, the masses, the public’), onye/ eniyan (or Íniyan(CY)(= ‘person, anyone, someone’), agå/ ¹kun (= ‘tiger, leopard’), enyin/ erin (= ‘elephant’), anwå /oorun (= ‘sun, sunlight’), ifufe (or ifufu)/af¹f¹ (or efuufu) (= ‘wind, breeze, air’), ogbodo/ogberi (or ogbere (CY)) (= ‘person not yet initiated into a masquerade or similar secret cult , a novice’), and akårËkÍ /iharihÍ (or ihaahÍ) (= ‘charred part of food which adheres to the pot or sauce pan’).
There is also proof, scientific proof, DNA. These groups differences are cultural, not biological because they share the same ancestors.

Oduduwa( Benin Prince Izoduwa) was never the founder of the Yoruba race nor the founder of Ife town. He met people there. A man known as Obatala was ruling a section of the Yorubas before Oduduwa surfaced. No less a personality than the Olugbo of Ugbo( Ilaje’s paramount Ruler) agrees with this. He put it directly to the Ooni of Ife recently.

The Yoruba are from Nupe,Benin and Igbo stock. Confirm this from the objective historian Odia Ofeimu. Ife is an Igbo divining CENTRE until the warrior Prince Izoduwa took it from them and made himself the theocratic governor of the place.

Nupe attacked old Oyo and sacked it because they believe they are the owners of the land.

The Ooni of Ife is not from the lineage of Oduduwa. No Oduduwa son remained at Ife to succeed him in his priestly role.

Like his father Ogiso Owodo,Prince Izoduwa( Oduduwa) had only one son whose name was Okanvbi( Okanbi in Yoruba). Note that, Okanvbi in Edo means ” I seek justice or I do not seek vengeance( a name Oduduwa may have given his son to remind him of his travails in his homeland,Benin) It was Okanvbi who had 7 children amongst whom we have the youngest Omonopopo( Prince Oramiyan).

All the current Yoruba clans have their separate history as a people and over 95% of them have no link to Oduduwa or the mythical Yoruba empire. The Ilajes and Akokos for examples. They all have their languages too which are clearly not dialects of the recent Yoruba language developed in Lagos and Ibadan.

Lagos at every point in their history was a Benin settlement and vassalage and never under any Yoruba power.

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