Ooni of Ife Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi

Ooni: I’ll ensure harmony between Yoruba and Hausa

Ooni of Ife Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi has promised to ensure harmonious relationship between the Hausa and Yoruba in Ile-Ife.

The monarch spoke yesterday when he received the Judicial Commission of Enquiry headed by Justice Moshood Adekunle-Adeigbe in his palace.

He said he had met with the Chairman of the National Council for Traditional Rulers, Sa’ad Abubakar and Emir of Kano Lamido Sanusi to discuss on the crisis.

Oba Ogunwusi, who pleaded with the commission to be neutral, said: “My recent trip abroad afforded me the opportunity to meet with the two prominent Northern monarchs to discuss the way forward.”

Pointing out that the Yoruba are culturally oriented, the monarch noted that the tribe should be the light for peace and harmony in the country.

Justice Adekunle-Adeigbe assured that the panel would do justice to their findings and recommend appropriately.

He assured the monarch that members of the commission would not trade their integrity for anything.

The panel head also promised to bring perpetrators to book and ensure that all warring factions were appeased.

He said: “We are here to inform you of our mission. We are men of integrity and assure you that we will be totally neutral in our duty. We will do our job without fear or favour to anyone or group in the matter. We hope to have your support.”

While addressing the Hausa community at the scene of the crisis, the Commission Chairman advised them to continue with their businesses, asking for necessary information that can assist the panel in discharging its duties.

During the visit, members of the commission did a sight-seeing of some affected buildings and addressed Yoruba and Hausa leaders.

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