The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi 111 on Saturday disclosed that he has received no fewer than 570 appreciation letters, from both within and outside Nigeria, commending him for appointing Gani Adams as the 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland.
Oba Adeyemi made this declaration while speaking during a “thank you visit” paid to his palace in Oyo by Adams, his friends and associates.
He, however, urged Adams to see himself as the symbol of Yoruba unity.
Alaafin noted that he was surprised that his choice of Adams has received overwhelming endorsement from prominent Yoruba sons and daughters.
The Alaafin, who thanked God for guiding him to make a right choice after eighteen years of vacuum, noted that Adams had become the symbol of Yoruba unity since his pronouncement as the new Aare Ona Kakanfo.
He said “I barely sleep again since I pronounced Otunba Gani Adams as the new Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland. I have been receiving phone calls and text messages from prominent sons and daughters from different parts of the world, commending me for my choice.
“I have received over 570 appreciation letters from people. They are all commending me. I thank God for guiding me to make a right choice, although, it was a journey of eighteen years.”
He said that he appointed the new Aare Ona Kakanfo purposely to foster unity among Yoruba traditional rulers, saying Adams was now for all Yoruba sons and daughters.
Adams while responding stated that he has also received about 133 congratulatory letters from prominent Yoruba sons and daughters since he was proclaimed as the next holder of the prestigious traditional title.
He added that all other prominent Yoruba traditional rulers have thrown their weight behind him as the 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo.
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